Deadline is reporting that Jason Scott Lee has joined the cast of the new female-led Doogie Howser reboot for Disney+, “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.”. The actor will lead opposite Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Kathleen Rose Perkins in the news series.
Lee has many Disney acting credits including most recently starring as the lead villain Bori Khan in the live-action remake of Mulan. He also played Mowgli in Disney’s The Jungle Book live-action adaptation, and voiced David Kawena in both Lilo and Stich films.
Set in modern-day Hawaii, the 10-episode comedy follows Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha, a mixed race 16-year-old girl, juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager. Guiding Lahela (and also complicating things) is her family, including her spit-fire Irish mother who’s also her supervisor at the hospital, and her Hawaiian “Local Boy” father struggling to accept that his daughter is no longer his little girl.
Running for four seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1993, “Doogie Howser, M.D.” starred Neil Patrick Harris as the now iconic doctor. The hit series catapulted Harris into television stardom and made the term “Doogie Howser” synonymous with kid geniuses.
“Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.” is written and executive produced by Kourtney Kang and produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar will executive produce and Dayna and Jesse Bochco will produce the half-hour comedy series.