Ever since Stranger Things was a meteoric hit last year, and the #JusticeforBarb hashtag became a huge trender on Twitter; actress Shannon Purser, who played that series’ ill-fated supporting character, had parlayed that role into a self-started campaign to play Marvel’s Squirrel Girl in some form or fashion.
With New Warriors headed straight to series on Freeform, a series that places Squirrel Girl front and center, the internet began to percolate with more thoughts about Purser’s candidacy, along with a few other possibilities, such as Mae Whitman – who also expressed interest in the role.
But it was all for naught, as instead the role has gone to This Is Us star, Milana Vayntrub, who will be the female lead for the upcoming series, side by side with Derek Theler, who is slotted for the role of Mister Immortal. They’re joined by Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher; Calum Worthy as Speedball; Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii.
New Warriors will debut with a ten episode first season on the basic cable channel and follows in the footsteps of the upcoming Cloak and Dagger, which will be the debut Marvel series on Freeform.
THR has the full descriptions of each character that’ll feature in the new series:
Vayntrub (who recurred on NBC’s This Is Us as Kevin’s Broadway co-star Sloane) will take on 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.
Theler (Baby Daddy), is 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?
Tardy (Dear White People) takes on the role of 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.
Worthy (Austin & Ally, Cassandra French’s Finishing School) will play 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.
Moy (2 Broke Girls) will take on the role of Zack Smith, aka Microbe. Zack is a shy hypochondriac whose ability is that he can talk to germs that tell him where you’ve been, what you ate and who you hung out with. It’s impossible to keep secrets around him.
Comer (The Comeback) rounds out the cast as Deborah Fields, aka Debrii. Deborah is proud, funny and quick witted. Confidently out as a lesbian, Deborah is a low-level telekentic, very low like she can move a paper cup.
New Warriors will air in 2018.
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