Will the Spy Kids reboot see the return of Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara?

The Cortez family is back in the Spy Kids reboot!

Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega in Spy Kids
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There are some films that will, no matter how old you are, fill you with nostalgia and make you feel like an excited kid again. One of those movies is Spy Kids, so imagine our delight when Netflix announced that a remake of the iconic franchise is on the way—but will the original stars Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara return for the Spy Kids Reboot? Here’s what we know!

Prepare yourself for more gadgets like that hamburger-making microwave, X-Ray sunglasses, and a whole load of family-themed espionage fun—as Netflix has officially confirmed that a Spy Kids remake will soon be joining their library of best teen movies.

Announcing the news, Netflix’s film account posted a snap of the original Spy Kids poster on Instagram, with the caption: “This is not a drill, spies. The 21st anniversary of SPY KIDS feels like the perfect time to reveal Robert @Rodriguez will write, direct, and produce a reimagining of the beloved franchise!” 

This announcement should fill OG fans with some comfort, as the new Spy Kids director is Robert Rodriguez, who also created the 00s movies—so the reboot is in safe hands.

While this is a relief, does this mean that Carmen and Juni Cortez are making a comeback?

So far the cast has not been announced, but what we gather from the word ‘reimagining,’ is we’ll likely see a new set of actors play the Spy Kids. Plus with the original Carmen and Juni—who were played by Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara—all grown up now, it's unlikely they'll be able to play the protagonist roles. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t get cameos from them or their super-spy parents Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino—or even see them play someone's parents.

Is there a Spy Kids reboot release date?

So far the film is still untitled, there is no release date, and the cast is yet to be announced, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for any more info!

How many Spy Kids movies are there? 

Spy Kids Spy Kids Ingrid Gomez (Carla Gugino), Gregorio Cortez (Antonio Banderas), Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega), Juni Cortez

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So far, there have been four Spy Kids Movies, but three starring the original cast: Spy Kids (2001), Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams (2002) and Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003).

Spy Kids 4: All the Time In The World (2011) is a stand-alone sequel to Spy Kids 3, with a whole new cast—though Sabara did have a cameo.

It looks as though the new Spy Kids film will be a complete reboot of the series and not a continuation or prequel of the previous franchise.

Where can you watch the original Spy Kids movies? 

To prep for the reboot, fans can rent the original moves on Amazon Prime and stream them on Hulu!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.