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Fasten Your Seatbelts: Elizabeth Banks Is Playing Ms. Frizzle in a Live-Action ‘Magic School Bus’ Movie

One of our favorite ‘90s animated series is coming to life. 

Deadline reports that Elizabeth Banks will be starring as Ms. Frizzle in a live-action The Magic School Bus film. The movie will be heavily based on the children’s books and animated series. (And we’re pretty sure adults and kids alike will be heading to the theaters to check it out.)

“We are delighted to bring to life the iconic Ms. Frizzle and her zest for knowledge and adventure in a fresh new way that inspires the next generation of kids to explore science and supports the dedicated teachers who help make science real and accessible for young learners every day,” Scholastic Entertainment President and Chief Strategy Officer Iole Lucchese said in a statement. “We’re also extremely excited to be working with such top-tier partners as Elizabeth Banks, Marc Platt Productions, Brownstone Productions, Universal Pictures and all of the amazing talent assembled for this noteworthy feature film.”

If you’re not aware of who Ms. Frizzle is, she’s a teacher who sets out on fun and informative field trips using her magical school bus (that can change into just about anything) to teach her class about different topics.

This isn’t the first time The Magic School Bus has been revived. In 2017, Netflix released an animated sequel called The Magic School Bus Rides Again with Lily Tomlin returning as the voice for Ms. Frizzle and Kate McKinnon as her sister Fiona. (Fingers crossed, either or both make a quick cameo in the live-action flick.)  

Banks will also be producing the film. There’s no word on who else is joining the cast, but we’ll just be singing the catchy theme song in the meantime.

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