It’s been a while since we’ve had any news about Marvel’s New Warriors series, but now all the news is coming at once, including who they’ve decided to cast as Squirrel Girl.
THR reports that Milana Vayntrub, best known for TV comedy-drama This Is Us, will be taking on the coveted role of the squirrel-themed superhero, while Baby Daddy‘s Derek Theler is playing Mister Immortal (who, as you’d probably imagine, possesses the superhuman power of immortality).
The rest of the announced cast is made up of Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii.
Of the new cast, New Warriors showrunner Kevin Biegel said: “I am thrilled beyond belief to be working with this incredible group of actors. They are funny, sincere, eager, charming and perfectly embody these characters. It’ll be a blast and an honour to create this show with each of them.”
“We’re so lucky to have assembled such a diverse and incredibly talented cast,” added Loeb. “We can’t wait for the fans to see what’s in store when we unleash these iconic characters into the world!”
We’re expecting big things from Marvel’s first live-action scripted comedy, as it was picked up straight to series back in April. The show is a member of the ABC Studios/Marvel family alongside the likes of Agents Of SHIELD, Agent Carter and the upcoming Inhumans, and will be airing on Freeform alongside Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger.
“At Freeform, we are committed to finding distinct and entertaining characters that our audience can enjoy and relate to,” said Elizabeth Boykewich, senior VP casting and talent as broadcaster Freeform. “We are excited to be working with Marvel Television to bring these fiercely average super heroes to life and watch them take on the world.”
If you want even more info, here’s a list of character descriptions as found on THR:
Milana Vayntrub as Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl. “Doreen is a totally empowered fangirl who has the incredible powers of a … squirrel. Her greatest quality is her optimism and her best friend is a pet squirrel, Tippy Toe.”
Derek Theler as Craig Hollis, aka Mister Immortal. “Craig can’t die … or so he says. Although Craig’s superpower seems amazing, he hasn’t made use of it at all — he figures if he has all the time in the world to learn how to do anything heroic, what’s the rush?”
Jeremy Tardy as Dwayne Taylor, aka Night Thrasher. “Brilliant and noble and maybe a bit full of himself, Dwayne is a shameless self-promoter and entrepreneur who also deeply believes in justice.”
Calum Worthy as Robbie Baldwin, aka Speedball. “Robbie is an impulsive people-pleaser with a misplaced sense of confidence who throws kinetic balls of energy that are completely out of control.”
Matthew Moy as Zack Smith, aka Microbe. “Zack is a shy hypochondriac who has the ability to talk to germs, which can tell him where you’ve been, what you ate and who you hung out with. It’s impossible to keep secrets around him.”
Kate Comer as Deborah Fields, aka Debrii. “Deborah is proud, funny and quick witted. Confidently out as a lesbian, Deborah is a low-level telekinetic — very low. Like, she-can-move-a-paper-cup low.”
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