Last month, prior to the launch of Star on Disney+, it was revealed that Disney is working on several original shows for Disney+ to be made in the United Kingdom.
According to The Sun, David Beckham has signed a seven-figure deal to host a brand new series for Disney+ where he will mentor a team of young football players in London.
Producers for the show were at Hackney Marshes last week casting for the new series. Hackney Marshes is known as the spiritual home of England’s famed Sunday football and a major grassroots location to spot talent in London.
A source close to the Sun has said:
“David was approached by Disney+ about making the show and he was very taken with the idea because it really reflects his own experiences growing up. Plus he’s still so committed to young talent in the game.
He will be acting as a mentor figure to a group of young people growing up in the inner cities whose lives are being changed by football.
Growing up in London isn’t easy, especially in these difficult times. This show reveals the importance of football in giving young people a goal and a sense of community.
Disney thought David was an ideal mentor for the group. He came from nothing to become one of the best footballers and most famous people in the world.
He’ll be seen helping to inspire and encourage these youngsters on their own individual journeys.
It was a huge coup for Disney to get David on board. For him it’s about sharing his passion for the game and helping these youngsters out as much as he can.”
Filming on the series has been delayed due to the national lockdown, but with restrictions easing, production on the show is expected to begin later this summer. The source added:
“Disney+ and David are totally committed to making this show work. Casting is ongoing and the makers of the show want to ensure that those who take part are going to be able to get the most out of the experience.”
David Beckham is one of the most well-known footballers in the world, having played for Manchester United and England. He is also a co-owner in Salford City and LA Galaxy’s football teams. He is a member of England’s Football Hall of Fame and married to Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. Recently, David Beckham signed a £16 million pound deal with Netflix for a new series.
Disney hasn’t officially announced this series yet, but hopefully, it won’t be too long until we see it on our screens. Bringing David Beckham in as a face of a new Disney+ Original made in the UK, will no doubt be a huge boost for the streaming platform.
Would you be interested in a new Disney+ show about football?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.