It looks like Disney+ has nabbed an up-and-coming star for its adaptation of the Spiderwick Chronicles. In a new report from Variety, they reveal that Shazam star Jack Dylan Grazer has joined the cast for the upcoming series. It seems he won’t be appearing personally though, as he’ll be voicing the character of Thimbletack, a boggart that lives withint he Spiderwick Estate’s walls. He described to be “hundreds of years old, Thimbletack is still a teenager amongst his kind, a mischief-maker with an explosive temper. He could be a great help to the Grace children…if only he could learn to control his own larger than life emotions.”
He joins an already strong cast that includes Lyon Daniels, Noah Cottrell, Joy Bryant, Christian Slater, and Mychala Lee. Paramount Television is producing the series alongside 20th Television with Aron Eli Coleite set as its showrunner. Kat Coiro is currently attached to direct the first two episodes but it’s unclear who is working on the rest. It’ll adapt the popular book series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
We’re excited to see what they do with this adaptation and Disney+ has been quite clever in expanding its young adult offering. This series joines Percy Jackson as one of their many adaptations of classic children/young adult stories. So, they may be building their own market similar to how Netflix has been quite focused on bringing anime into live-action (somewhat desperately at times). So, we’ll see if they manage to pull it off and create their next key market moving forward.