Disney Channel has set the cast for Sadie Sparks. Georgia Lock (The Evermoor Chronicles, Friday Download), Rufus Hound (Argumental, Celebrity Juice) and Craig Revel-Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing, Annie) have signed on for starring roles in the animated series.
Sadie Sparks follows 14-year-old girl, Sadie, who finds out she has magical abilities and becomes a wizard-in-training, with the guidance and mentorship from a very old and very grumpy rabbit, Gilbert, who is sent to the human world from the Magical Realm to train Sadie and harness her volatile magical skills. What starts as an unlikely coupling soon becomes a magical pairing, as Sadie tries to navigate the challenging world of high school, juggling exams whilst training to be a wizard.
Georgia Lock will voice the titular role. Rufus Hound plays cranky magic realmer Gilbert, who offers guidance to Sadie; while Craig Revel-Horwood plays a snobbish and snidey snake named Cornelius. Rounding out the voice cast is Sammy Moore (The Evermoor Chronicles, Ordeal By Innocence), Tyger Drew-Honey (Outnumbered, Cuckoo), Dominique Moore (Footballer’s Wives, Horrible Histories), Morwenna Banks (Peppa Pig, Danger Mouse), Laura Aikman (Waterloo Road), Dan Renton Skinner (Yonderland) and Rufus Jones (W1A, The Casual Vacancy).
Sadie Sparks has been picked up at Disney Channel with an order for 52 episodes, which will premiere in 2019. The series combines two animation styles: the Magical Realm appears in 2D and the human world in CGI. Sadie and Gilbert hop between the two worlds using their magician’s hat portal. Bronagh O’Hanlon is the series creator and director. Rebecca Hobbs leads the writing team. It is co-produced by Brown Bag Films in Dublin and Cyber Group Studios in Paris.
“Animation is integral to the storytelling and heart of Disney Channel and we’re excited for our audiences to get to know this new band of mysterious and wonderful characters, as we follow our protagonist Sadie who learns to master her wizarding powers with the help of her best friend, as well as juggling normal 14 year-old challenges, such as high school and forming unbreakable friendships”, said Orion Ross, VP Content, Animation, Digital & Acquisitions, Disney Channels EMEA. “There is a lot of heart and warmth to Sadie Sparks, which we believe will really resonate with Disney Channel fans.”