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Billy Magnussen joins ‘Spy Kids’ reboot

Published Jul 25, 2022


Netflix's “Spy Kids” reboot has another cast member – Billy Magnussen.

The 37-year-old actor has joined previously announced cast members Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla and Connor Esterson.

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The latest movie in Robert Rodriguez's popular franchise sees the children of the world's greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful game developer unleash a computer virus that give him control of all the technology on the globe. It leads the kids to become spies themselves to save their parents – and the world.

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Rodriguez is writing, directing and producing the movie with his son Racer Max Rodriguez who is also contributing to the script.

David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing for Skydance – which will oversee development and production on the project.

The “Spy Kids” franchise began in 2001 and the original movie proved popular with critics and audiences, spawning three sequels.

Rodriguez explained why he believed the franchise had an enduring appeal that made Netflix want to revive the series.

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The 54-year-old director said: "My most rabid fan base all these years, by far, has been my kid films. My 'Spy Kids' audience. These kids watch those movies over and over because they're action films made for children and families, in particular at a time when they need empowerment.

“Netflix came to me because the 'Spy Kids' movies had done just so well on their service. They said 'Could you make a series of films that do that?' and I said 'I'd love to!’.”

The movie marks Rodriguez's second family film with the streaming giant after he helmed the 2020 picture “We Can Be Heroes”.

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