Production has begun on the Disney+ original movie, Flora & Ulysses based on the children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo.

What’s happening:

  • Production started this week in Vancouver on Walt Disney Pictures’ Flora & Ulysses, directed by Lena Khan and based on the Newberry Award–winning children’s book, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo.
  • The film is being produced for the upcoming streaming service Disney+, which launches in the U.S. on November 12.
  • Director Lena Khan made waves with her first feature film, The Tiger Hunter, which released in 2017 and was financed by crowdfunding.
  • The Tiger Hunter —a comedy about a South Asian Muslim immigrant attempting to find his way in 1970s America— garnered positive reviews for Khan, a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and spotlighted her talents as a Muslim woman behind the camera.

About Flora & Ulysses:

  • Flora & Ulysses tells the story of 10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, who saves a squirrel she names Ulysses only to have its unique superhero powers wreak havoc in a series of humorous, antic-filled adventures that ultimately change Flora’s life—and her outlook—forever.”

Flora & Ulysses cast:

  • Matilda Lawler steps into the role of Flora, marking her film debut. She currently stars on Broadway as Honor Carney in Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes.
  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, American Pie) plays Flora’s romance-writer mother, Phyllis
  • Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, Modern Family) plays the role of her world-weary, estranged father, George
  • Benjamin Evans Ainsworth plays the role of William, Flora’s newfound, but annoying, friend
  • Danny Pudi (Community, The Tiger Hunter) joins the cast as Miller, an overly zealous animal control officer

Creative team:

  • Produced by:
    • Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side, Marley and Me)
  • Executive produced:
    • James Powers (The Maze Runner series)
    • Katterli Frauenfelder (Dumbo, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
  • Screen adaptation by:
    • Brad Copeland (Ferdinand, Wild Hogs).
  • Director of photography:
    • Andrew Dunn (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Crazy, Stupid, Love)
  • Production designer:
    • Michael Fitzgerald (Medal of Honor, The Tiger Hunter)
  • Editor:
    • Lee Haxall (Always Be My Maybe)
  • Costume designer:
    • Mona May (Santa Clarita Diet, Enchanted)


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