According to Deadline, Disney+ has just cast up-and-coming actress Momona Tamada (The babysitting clubit To all the boys trilogy) and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Chucky, Coat in many colors) in the series fit of The Spiderwick Chronicles. The young stars will each play strong recurring roles opposite Christian Slater (Interview with the vampire, Heather), Noah Cottrell (Punky Brewster, Skyscraper), and Lyon Daniels (We can be heroes, Patriot).
The Spiderwick Chronicles is based on the best-selling book series by authors Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black and will serve as a soft reboot of the 2008 film adaptation of the same name. The story follows twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, older sister Mallory Grace, and their overprotective mother, Helen, who reluctantly move from their cozy lives in New York City to their dilapidated ancestral home (formally known as The Spiderwick Estate) in the countryside. Michigan, only to find himself drawn into a mythical world full of fantasy and adventure.
As written by Deadline, Tamada will portray Emiko, a local teenage girl and diagnosed pathological liar from the small town of Henson, Michigan, who is also a member of the outpatient group therapy at the nearby Meskwaki Psychiatric Hospital. Lind will play the character of Calliope, a seemingly average girl who is actually a Fetch, or messenger of death, who has taken on human form to watch over the villainous shape-shifting troll, Mulgarath (played by Slater), so that she can aid him in his quest to find the elusive and valuable Spiderwick’s Field Guide.
Kat Coiro (She-Hulk, Marry me) will direct the series’ first two episodes and will also serve as an executive producer alongside DeTerlizzi, Black, Ellen-Goldsmith Vein (Wendell & Wildit Maze runner trilogy), Jeremy Bell (Abduction, Escape plan), DJ Goldberg (Whiteout, The factory), Julie Kane-Ritsch (The Spiderwick Chronicles (film), Dead Space: Downfall), and Grace Gilroy (Alien vs. Predator, Death race). The Spiderwick Chronicles will be produced by Paramount Television Studios and 20th Television with Aron Eli Coleite (Lock and key, Dawn) as showrunner.