Bleeding Cool was the first news site to mention the existence of the E4 superfiction TV show Misfits and to review it, so I've always felt a little connected.
We also were the first to tell you that iZombie's Diane Ruggiero-Wright was to be the showrunner on the ABC/Freeform remake as well as writing the pilot episode – the script of which we reviewed and compared to the original.
And now Deadline has announced a few more details, including the first casts. And, thankfully, they have relative unknowns in the leads. Just as the original Misfits did.
Ashleigh LaThrop (Sirens), Tre Hall (Rebel), Allie MacDonald (Orphan Black) and Jake Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), son of actor Bobby Cannavale. Victoria "Vic" Mahoney (Grey's Anatomy) is making in her pilot directing debut.
And they have acting roles and high concepts for the show. Which fans of the original UK version will see as very familiar indeed.
Lathrop will play Alicia, a spoiled, vapid, middle-class party girl who seems to have three main goals in life: have fun, look hot and get guys. Hall plays Curtis, a talented and cocky football player with a promising career ahead of him who is used to everything going his way. MacDonald plays the tough and trashy Kelly, who is street smart with a hair-trigger temper and a penchant for beating the crap out of people. Cannavale plays Nathan, a con artist and thief with a heavily inflated sense of his own attractiveness, intelligence and potential.
Schwartz, Savage and Ruggiero executive produce alongside Howard Overman, creator of the UK series, and Murray Ferguson of Clerkenwell Films, who produced the original version. Fake Empire executive Lis Rowinski will serve as co-executive producer. ABC Signature is the studio. The project originally was set up at Freeform for development a year ago via the deal Fake Empire had at ABC Studios.
Last I talked to Howard though, he had nothing to do with it. Credit in name (and pay packet) only?