Brett Dalton won’t be out of work following the cancellation of ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’. The actor who plays Agent Ward on the Marvel TV series will be part of the cast of Apple TV+‘s ‘Ghostwriter’, a reboot of the PBS/BBC Two ’90s kids series. The new show is “a reinvention of the beloved original series,” and features “four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighborhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature.”
Written and directed by Luke Matheny (The Dangerous Book for Boys), in the re-imagined Ghostwriter, when a ghost haunts a neighborhood bookstore and starts releasing fictional characters into the real world, four kids must team up to solve an exciting mystery surrounding the ghost’s unfinished business. Armed with secret messages only they can see, the young heroes chase down the truth — and become friends in the process.
Dalton announced his casting on Instagram:
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Excited to announce I’m part of this amazing reboot of #ghostwriter available on @appletvplus on Nov 1st. In collaboration w @sesamestreet & @sinkingshipent I got a chance to work with some amazing kids on this mind-blowing re-envisioning of a show that defined my childhood. Full circle. Full speed ahead. Can’t wait for you guys to see it @justinsanchezofficial @isaac.arellanes @amadi.chapata @hannah_levinson
Airing on PBS, ‘Ghostwriter’ was dependent on funding either from the government or donations from viewers. Unfortunately, due to lack of funds, the original series was cancelled after three seasons, despite it being a hit. It aired in reruns into the 2000s. Though it was never revealed on the series, original producer and writer Kermit Frazier revealed in 2010 that the titular ghostwriter was an escaped slave who taught other slaves to read and write, and was killed by slave hunters and their dogs. It’s not hard to see why that wasn’t brought up on the show.
It was just announced that Apple TV+ will launch on November 1, and will cost $4.99 a month.