Exciting news for subscribers, The Mysterious Benedict Society is scheduled to release on Disney+ this summer. Based on the young adult book series by Trenton Lee Stewart, it tells the story of four orphans with unique skills; they end up at a boarding school with an eccentric benefactor who wants them to stop a plot that could have global consequences.
The cast includes Tony Hale, best known for playing Buster Bluth in Arrested Development, Kristen Schaal, who voices Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers and Ryan Hurst, who portrayed Gerry Bertier in Remember the Titans, Opie Winston in Sons of Anarchy, Chick Hogan in Bates Motel and Beta in The Walking Dead.
Executive producers, along with Sonar Entertainment and 20th Television, include James Bobin, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, David Ellender, Matthew Loze, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer and Jamie Tarses. Swimmer and Slavkin are also the showrunners, Manfredi and Hay are the writers/creators, and Bobin serves as the director.
Originally, it was announced that the show was being developed for Hulu, but it then moved to Disney's streaming service. Filming was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic but took place between August 2020 and January 2021. According to Deadline, the series will be made up of eight parts, coming out later this year.
The novel of the same name came out in 2007, and it was followed by sequels - The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey in 2008, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma in 2009 and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages in 2019 - as well as a supplementary book, The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums, in 2011 and a prequel, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, in 2012.
The gifted children that are featured in the books are Reynie Muldoon, George "Sticky" Washington, Kate Wetherall and Constance Contraire, and in the show, they will be played by Mystic Inscho, Seth Carr, Emmy DeOliveira and Marta Timofeeva, respectively.
Dana Walden, the chairman of entertainment at Walt Disney Television, said, "The Mysterious Benedict Society is a beautifully executed adaptation of the celebrated and beloved book series. It's original, clever and fun for the whole family, which makes it the perfect fit for Disney+. One of the great benefits to creators working with our company is that we have a platform that's right for every series, and having seen the first few episodes of this show, there is no better home for it than Disney+."
The Mysterious Benedict Society is not the only new project coming to Disney+. Later this year, subscribers can also plan to watch Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a Marvel series premiering on March 19, Dug Days, a series featuring the dog from Up that is coming this fall, and The Book of Boba Fett, a series based on this Star Wars character, to name a few. There will also be some more stories starring characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Loki (with a miniseries in May 2021), Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye.