Renowned soccer player David Beckham is slated to star in Disney+’s newest series entitled Save our Squad, according to Variety. The series is co-produced by Twenty Twenty and Beckham’s production company Studio 99.
Save our Squad will follow Beckham as he returns to East London – where he played as a child – and mentors a young grassroots side who are struggling in the league. The series will be executive produced by Sean Doyle (I Care A Lot), who stated of the upcoming series, “This is a fantastic opportunity to show the importance and impact of grassroots football in communities in the U.K. The series will be exciting, dramatic, uplifting, and full of heart and courage – everything David had in his own playing days,” via Variety.
Beckham added that “It is fantastic to be making Save our Squad with Twenty Twenty and to shine a light on the kind of grassroots football that I experienced growing up and which gave me so much at the start of my life in the game. I was so fortunate to have a long and successful playing career and now to have the opportunity to give back to these communities as a mentor is incredible. Developing and nurturing young talent is so important in the game and it is great to be working with Disney+ on this project,” via Variety.
The series is the latest attempt for Disney’s 50-title originals plan for Europe, which is estimated to be reached by 2024. Several other titles were announced at Disney’s recent Investor Day event, including around ten Star Wars series and ten Marvel series, alongside 15 Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar series.