Alyson Hannigan and Ben Schwartz

Production Begins on Disney+ Original Movie Flora & Ulysses

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.

Disney+

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.

Alyson Hannigan and Ben Schwartz
Alyson Hannigan and Ben Schwartz

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.