Jameela Jamil and Freida Pinto have been officially cast in new Disney series Mira, Royal Detective.
The series will be a first for Disney as it will feature a solely Indian cast.
Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the series follows the brave and resourceful Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective after solving a mystery that involves saving the kingdom’s young prince.
As royal detective, Mira travels throughout the kingdom helping royals and commoners alike. Along with her friend Prince Neel, a talented inventor, creative cousin Priya, and comical mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku, she will stop at nothing to solve a case, taking young viewers on adventures that highlight critical thinking and encourage deductive reasoning. Rooted in India’s vibrant heritage, each episode will weave authentic music, dance and customs into two 11-minutes stories.
The role of Mira will be played by newcomer Leela Ladnier.
Jamil will play Mira’s Auntie Pushpa, Freida Pinto has been cast as Queen Shanti, and New Girl star Hannah Simone will portray commoner Pinky
Jamil took to Twitter to share her glee at being cast in the series.
Kal Penn and Utkarsh Ambudkar also feature.
In a statement, Joe D’Ambrosia, senior vice president of Original Programming at Disney Junior discussed the series and themes.
"We are eager to introduce kids and their families to the rich, diverse cultures and customs of India through Mira, a young girl who looks at things with her own unique lens to gain different perspectives and help others in her community. We hope that she will encourage our audience to actively engage with the inspiring world around them and appreciate the little details that make life extraordinary."
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Mira, Royal Detective will air on Disney Junior in 2020.