Production has started in Vancouver on Walt Disney Pictures’ Flora & Ulysses, a Disney+ Original movie directed by Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter).
Based on Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning children’s book Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, the film will bow on the upcoming streaming service Disney+, which launches in the U.S. on November 12. Flora & Ulysses tells the story of 10-year-old Flora, a self-proclaimed cynic who saves a squirrel she names Ulysses, only to have its unique superhero powers wreak havoc on her life.
Matilda Lawler is making her film debut as Flora; she is currently starring on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play The Ferryman. Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, American Pie) plays Flora’s romance-writer mother, Phyllis, and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, Modern Family) plays the role of her world-weary, estranged father, George. Newcomer Benjamin Evans Ainsworth plays the role of William, Flora’s newfound friend, and Danny Pudi (Community, The Tiger Hunter) joins the cast as Miller, an over-zealous animal control officer.
The movie is produced by Academy Award nominee Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side, Marley and Me), and James Powers (The Maze Runner series) and Katterli Frauenfelder (Dumbo, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) are the executive producers. The book was adapted for the screen by Brad Copeland (Ferdinand, Wild Hogs).