By Zach Johnson
This week, production started in Vancouver on Walt Disney Pictures’ Flora & Ulysses, directed by Lena Khan and based on Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry Award-winning children’s book Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. The movie is being produced for the upcoming streaming service Disney+, which launches in the U.S. November 12 and will be the streaming destination for movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.
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. Matilda Lawler, who stars on Broadway as Honor Carney in the Tony® Award–winning play The Ferryman, will make her feature film debut as Flora. Alyson Hannigan will play her romance-writer mother, Phyllis, and Ben Schwartz will play her world-weary, estranged father, George. Newcomer Benjamin Evans Ainsworth will play William, Flora’s new (and annoying) friend, and Danny Pudi will play Miller, an overly zealous animal control officer.
Academy Award®–nominated Gil Netter serves as the film’s producer, and James Powers and Katterli Frauenfelder serve as executive producers on Flora & Ulysses. Oher crew members include director of photography Andrew Dunn, production designer Michael Fitzgerald, editor Lee Haxall, and costume designer Mona May. Brad Copeland adapted the novel for the screen.