Bangkok, Sep 1 (EFE).- Netflix announced on Wednesday the cast and production team for a limited series about the dramatic rescue of 12 children and their soccer coach who were trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand in 2018.
Dana Ledoux Miller and Michael Russell Gunn of “Designated Survivor” will serve as executive producers of the 10-part series that will be released globally in 2022.
Thai newcomers will play the 12 children of the Wild Boars soccer team, who at the time were aged between 11 and 16, while 25-year-old Coach Ek will be played by Papangkorn “Beam” Lerkchaleampote.
The series, which is set to begin filming in northern Thailand, will also include American directors Jon Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Kevin Tancharoen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), as well as Thai Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya (“Bad Genius”).
“I am excited and honored to be bringing the Tham Luang (cave) story to the screen,” Nattawut said in a statement.
“My goal is to craft an authentic portrayal of what happened with respect to the experiences of those who were there. In partnership with talented Asian-American storytellers like Jon M. Chu and Kevin Tancharoen, we are confident that our retelling of this remarkable story will resonate with audiences worldwide.”
Netflix acquired the exclusive rights to the rescue story thanks to a partnership with the Thai company 13 Tham Luang, with the assistance of SK Global.
The 12 boys and their coach ventured into a Tham Luang cave in northern Chiang Rai province on June 23, 2018 after soccer training, but became trapped deep inside when the cave suddenly flooded in monsoon rains.
In a dangerous and complex international rescue operation that gripped the world, all the children were rescued alive over two weeks later. EFE