iZombie executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright’s Misfits reboot has landed a pilot order at Freeform. Deadline reports that the American version of E4’s Misfits has also secured four of its five stars, who share the names and characteristics of the original show’s cast of troubled delinquents.
Ashleigh LaThrop (Fifty Shades Darker), Tre Hall (Rebel), Allie MacDonald (Orphan Black) and Jake Cannavale (Nurse Jackie) have officially signed on for the series. Lathrop will play Alicia; Hall will star as Curtis; MacDonald will be Kelly; and Cannavale will play Nathan. Simon, previously played by Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon, has not yet been cast.
The series appears to stick rather close to the British version of the series, not only by reusing character names, but by making it a point to keep the core group similar in their personalities. Alicia is described as a “spoiled, vapid, middle-class party girl who seems to have three main goals in life: have fun, look hot and get guys.” While Curtis has been turned into “a cocky football player” instead of a track star, he has promising career ahead of him and is “used to everything going his way.” As for Kelly, she’s “tough and trashy” with “a hair-trigger temper,” while Nathan has his “heavily inflated sense of his own attractiveness, intelligence and potential.”
This is Freeform’s second attempt at an American adaption of the hit E4 series. They originally set to reboot the series stateside back in 2016, when the network was still going by ABC Family. Josh Schwartz — who is producing the series alongside Stephanie Savage under their Fake Empire banner — has been actively been developing the reboot since 2011.
The original series followed a group of working-class teens who, while performing community service, found themselves caught in a freak electrical storm that granted them superpowers and starred Robert Sheehan, Iwan Rheon, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Lauren Socha and Antonia Thomas.
Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZombie, Veronica Mars) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner, while Grey’s Anatomy‘s Victoria “Vic” Mahoney will helm the pilot.