News of a Big Hero 6 television series has been floating around since earlier this year, but details on the project had been scarce until this weekend. That’s when Disney revealed most of the film’s voice cast would reprise their roles for the small-screen version.
Ryan Potter will return to voice Hiro, while Scott Adsit also will be back as his adorable, inflatable robot sidekick, Baymax.
Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez are locked down as Go Go and Honey Lemon, respectively, but the remaining members of the team will feature new voices. The Walking Dead star Khary Payton will take over for Damon Wayans Jr. as the voice of Wasabi, while Saturday Night Live‘s Brooks Wheelan will replace T.J. Miller as the voice of Fred.
Maya Rudolph also will return as Aunt Cass, along with Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei and comic legend Stan Lee as Fred’s father.
Loosely based on a little-known Marvel property, Big Hero 6 grossed more than $657 million worldwide in 2014. The new animated series will be produced by Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nicholas Filippo, the Emmy Award-winning team behind Disney’s Kim Possible, with Filippo also onboard as supervising director. Here’s the official synopsis:
The series picks up immediately following the events of the feature film and continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.
In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
Big Hero 6: The Animated Series will hit Disney XD in 2017.
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