‘CODA’ Star to Lead Disney+ Series About Deaf High School Football Players

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Ever since it launched its very own streaming platform in 2019, The Walt Disney Company has been focused on bringing more unique television shows and movies to Disney+. From theme park-focused shows like Behind the Attraction and The Imagineering Story to hits like The Falcon and the Winter Solder and The Mandalorian, Disney+ has something for everyone. Disney has a number of original Disney+ series in the works, and now we have learned that they are creating a brand-new series that tells the true story of a deaf high school football team.

California School For the Deaf Riverside

Credit: California School For the Deaf Riverside

The unnamed series will tell the story of the football team from the California School For the Deaf Riverside and their incredible 2021 season. The team went undefeated and made it all the way to the State Championship. The film will star Academy Award winner Troy Kotsur, who was the first deaf man to win the Best Actor Oscar (the first deaf woman was Marlee Matlin back in 1986). Kotsur will star as the coach of the CSDR football team.

Troy Kotsur

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Variety shared more on what we know about the series:

ABC Signature has partnered with CSDR, their football program, and the the California Department of Education to develop the untitled series for Disney+. The show will tell the true story of the CSDR Cubs’ 2021 football season, when the team went undefeated and got all the way to the California State Championship.

The series will portray the students, teachers, and their families. The writing and production team, both in front of and behind the cameras, will include artists from the Deaf community.

Ron Shelton is attached to write and direct the pilot as well as executive produce, with Ben Shelton also set to write and executive produce. Kotsur will executive produce in addition to starring. Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Marlee Matlin is also an executive producer along with Bert Salke, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, Rainn Wilson, Jack Jason, Bill Horberg, and Christina Lurie. John Maucere,  an alumnus of CSDR, will consult and co-produce. ABC Signature is the studio.

California School For the Deaf Riverside

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This is not the first time that Kotsur has worked with Disney. He also portrayed a Tuskan Raider in the hit Disney+ show, The Mandalorian, which is set in the Star Wars universe.

Again, at this time, we don’t know what the show will be called or when it will premiere on Disney+, but Disney Dining will keep you updated as we learn more.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!