Marvel and FreeForm’s New Warriors series has filled out its main cast, via an official confirmation from THR yesterday. The series will be FreeForm’s second Marvel series, following Cloak & Dagger
Here’s the official synopsis:
Marvel’s New Warriors is about six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of the Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world … even if the world isn’t ready. Not quite super, not yet heroes, Marvel’s New Warriors is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
You can find the casting and character breakdowns below:
Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us) will play Squirrel Girl, “a totally empowered fangirl” with the powers of a squirrel and the powers of a girl (acrobatic, strong, can fight, can talk to squirrels). She is further described as “a natural leader—confident and tough, but not innocent. Doreen is bouncy and energetic and her greatest quality is her optimism… She has faith in others and inspires people to believe in themselves. She also takes her pet squirrel, Tippy Toe, everywhere.”
Anna Kendrick (The Accountant, Pitch Perfect 2), Shannon Purser (Riverdale, Stranger Things) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development) were all fan favorites for the role.
Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) will play Mister Immortal. “Cannot die. Ever. Maybe. So he says. The team troublemaker and lothario… Craig is kind of like The Most Interesting Man Alive, except he’s more cocky than confident and at times, charmingly grumpy. Although Craig’s superpower seems amazing, he hasn’t made use of it at all—he’s lazy and figures if he has all the time in the world to learn how to fight, what’s the rush?”
Jeremy Tardy (Dear White People) will play Night Thrasher, “a local celebrity ‘hero’ with his very own YouTube channel. Brilliant, strong, noble, and maybe a bit full of himself, Dwayne is a shameless self-promoter and entrepreneur. But he also deeply believes in justice — at least his version of it. Dwayne hides the fact that he comes from a really rich family because he’s afraid he’ll lose his street cred.”
Calum Worthy (Austin and Ally) will play Speedball, who “grew up watching Quinjets take off from Avengers Tower and loves the idea of being a hero. He’s an impulsive and immature people-pleaser with a misplaced sense of confidence. Although you would think throwing kinetic balls of energy would be awesome and effective – his are completely out of control.”
Matthew Moy (Two Brok Girls) will play Zack Smith/Microbe, “a shy hypochondriac whose ability (talks to germs) nearly makes him a telepath — the germs tell him where you’ve been, what you ate and who you hung out with. It’s impossible to keep secrets around him. He’s a big sweet guy the team takes under their wing, and they help him find and grow his own confidence.”
Kate Comer will play Debrii: “Low level telekinetic; trickster. Deborah is proud, funny and quick witted. Confidently out as a lesbian, Deborah has experienced deep loss in her personal life as a direct result of super ‘heroics.’ She can take care of herself, or at least says she can. She’s the one who calls people on their BS and has no fear of putting her opinions out there.”
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb had this to say about the casting:
“We’re so lucky to have assembled such a diverse and incredibly talented cast. We can’t wait for the fans to see what’s in store when we unleash these iconic characters into the world!” to see what’s in store when we unleash these iconic characters into the world!”
Showrunner Kevin Biegel added:
“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 honor to create this show with each of them.”
The first season of New Warriors will consist of 10 episodes and is set to premiere sometime in 2018.