Freeform Lands Marvel’s Squirrel Girl-Centric ‘New Warriors’ Series
If Cloak & Dagger and The Runaways weren’t a Marvel-ous enough TV expansion, Freeform is upping the ante with some New Warriors. The reportedly Squirrel Girl-centric Marvel comedy has officially landed alongside Cloak & Dagger at Freeform.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has given a ten-episode order for the half-hour comedy, which is eyed for a 2018 debut. Cougar Town and Scrubs alum Kevin Biegel is near a deal to write the script and serve as the New Warriors showrunner.
Here’s a THR description:
New Warriors revolves around 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. With Freeform focused on a group dubbed “becomers” — those experiencing a series of firsts in life including first loves and first jobs — New Warriors explores the journey into adulthood, except in this world, they’re not quite super and not yet heroes and the guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
And don’t forget the fan-favorite Squirrel Girl:
The series will feature Marvel fan-favorite “Squirrel Girl” (aka Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fan girl who is described as tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel: she’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is said to be her faith in people and ability to teach them to believe in themselves.
Said Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb:
Marvel’s New Warriors have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well. After the amazing experience we’ve had with Freeform on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger we can’t think of a better place for our young heroes.
The character of Squirrel Girl (who wins far more battles than her name would suggest) has become a fan-favorite in recent years, with everyone from Anna Kendrick to Stranger Things star Shannon Purser campaigning for the role. In some comics, the character has even served as a babysitter for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, though it’s a bit early to think about that kind of crossover.
New Warriors is said to begin casting soon, but who might fit the bill for Squirrel Girl, if not any of the actors previously interested in the role?