Elizabeth Banks will play Ms. Frizzle in a live-action hybrid adaptation of the books and ’90s animated series The Magic School Bus. The film is based on the best-selling Scholastic book series, by author Joanna Cole, which follows intrepid Ms. Frizzle and her class, who set out on field trips in their school bus that magically transforms into a plane, submarine, spaceship, or surfboard, depending on the science concept being explored in class.
The animated TV series for PBS, which featured Lily Tomlin as Ms. Frizzle, and aired for 18 consecutive years in the U.S. and has been broadcast in more than 100 countries around the world. An animated sequel to the original series, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, featuring Kate McKinnon as Ms. Frizzle’s sister, Fiona, debuted on Netflix in 2017.
The new live-action movie will be the first big screen adaptation for the 26-year history of the brand.