Following the news that Christian Slater joined the cast of The Spiderwick Chronicles for Disney+, Deadline has confirmed the addition of two more cast members. Per the outlet, Lyon Daniels & Noah Cottrell are set to star in the series as twin brothers Jared and Simon. Daniels will play adventurous, clever, and impulsive twin brother, Jared, while Cottrell will play he thoughtful, more rational twin Simon, who is an animal lover.
The Disney+ series is based on the book series of the same name by authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. It tells the story of two twin brothers, Jared and Simon. After they move from New York to Michigan, into a run-down ancestral home – The Spiderwick Estate – with their mother and sister, Mallory, Jared and Simon soon find themselves pulled into an alternate and fantastical world. The series consists of eight books in total and was previously adapted into a feature film in 2008 by Paramount Pictures. That adaptation was a misfire and only earned $164 million worldwide despite receiving an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Daniels recently appeared in Netflix’s We Can be Heroes, as well as Amazon’s Patriot. While Cottrell starred in The Gordita Chronicles on HBO Max and played the role of Diego on the Punky Brewster reboot series.
The first two episodes of The Spiderwick Chronicles will be directed by She-Hulk director Kat Coiro. Locke & Key‘s Aron Eli Coleite will serve as the showrunner; he’ll executive produce the series with Coiro, Black and Dierlizzi. Also executive producing the series are Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, D.J. Goldberg, and Julie Kane-Ritsch.