Disney released a trailer for its live-action adaptation of teen heroine Kim Possible, the hit spy cartoon from the 2000s. The TV movie will follow teenage sleuth Kim Possible as she thwarts an evil plot while trying to survive her freshman year of high school.
Making her screen debut as Ms. Possible is 17-year-old Sadie Stanley, and she is be accompanied by The Goldbergs‘ Sean Giambrone, who fills the clumsy-but-lovable shoes of Kim’s sidekick Ron Stoppable. As the film is not an origin story, it drops viewers amid an already seasoned Team Possible. Instead, the focus is on new girl Athena (Ciara Wilson), an avid fan of Kim – whose heroine identity is no secret – and Team Possible’s newest addition. Remaining faithful to the original cartoon series, supervillains Dr. Drakken (Todd Stashwick) and Shego (Taylor Ortega) return as Team Possible’s archenemies.
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In the new trailer, Kim is shown using a variety of spy gadgets, including an obligatory glass cutter and a compact winged jetpack fit to be a modern day Spy Kids prop. Also shown are Kim and Ron arriving late to class (presumably after getting into espionage-related hijinks), so it will be interesting to see how Team Possible balances their double lives in the film adaptation. They’ll be joined by Raven’s Home‘s Isaac Ryan Brown, who plays Team Possible’s tech prodigy Wade, as well as Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) as Kim’s mom, Connie Ray (The Big C) as Kim’s grandma, and Erika Tham (Make It Pop) as Kim’s vapid rival Bonnie. Other notable casting choices include Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) and Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens). Oswalt reprises his role from the cartoon as Professor Dementor, while Romano, the original voice of Kim Possible, will make a cameo.
Even more interesting in the movie will be how Ron’s role as Kim’s best friend-turned-love interest is explored in the upcoming entry—especially considering that the development of their relationship was originally cultivated over the course of three seasons and two TV movies. Finally, fans of the cartoon will likely notice a glaring potential omission in the new live-action trailer: Ron’s beloved naked mole-rat Rufus. Whether Ron will eat his signature “nacos” (short for nacho-filled tacos) alone or share them with his fur-less friend remains to be seen.
Because this will be the first movie in the franchise since 2005’s Kim Possible: So the Drama, it is unclear how a live-action version will be received by fans. This live-action entry will be introducing the Kim Possible franchise to a very different demographic of children. While spy characters and gear were all the rage in the mid-2000s, children today are not nearly so well-versed in the art of espionage. Additionally, it’s highly unlikely that the film’s nostalgia factor will draw kids in, as Kim Possible‘s original run was well before their time. However, the upcoming movie has a chance to reignite the genre and, if successful, the popularity of the Kim Possible franchise.
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Kim Possible will premiere on February 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST on Disney.