The Disney+ series “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” is getting a new duck in the form of actor Josh Duhamel, who will fill the male lead void left by the departure of actor Emilio Estevez.
In the upcoming second season of the show, Duhamel will portray Gavin Cole, a former NHL player-turned-coach who is described as inspirational, charming, and hardcore on applying hockey metaphors to life.
Cole runs the super-intense summer hockey institute where the Mighty Ducks is set for season two, and Duhamel joins a cast that includes season one star Lauren Graham and Brady Noon.
Duhamel first rose to fame on the TV series “Las Vegas,” which ran for 5 seasons, as well as four of the “Transformer” movies. In addition to “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” he will also be appearing in the J-Lo movie “Shotgun Wedding” due out this summer.
Emilio Estevez left the series in November 2021, after the end of season one, though there are conflicting reasons why. Initial reports said when Disney Television Studios’ ABC Signature, which produces the series, adopted a mandatory vaccination policy, Estevez refused to confirm he would comply with the policy.
However, Estevez later said “my exit from the show was due to a myriad of creative differences — any other narrative is false.”
Either way, Estevez, who originated the role of Gordon Bombay in the three movies, as well as season one of the series, is no longer with the show.
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