Three months after Freeform picked up Marvel’s New Warriors straight to series, the network has now announced the cast for the ensemble series.
Following an extensive casting search This Is Us’ Milana Vayntrub has landed the breakout role of Squirrel Girl in New Warriors. Baby Daddy grad Derek Theler will stay in business with Freeform after landing the male lead of Mister Immortal in Marvel’s first live-action scripted comedy.
The duo lead the ensemble cast in the 10-episode series about six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates. Joining Vayntrub (This Is Us) are Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher; Calum Worthy as Speedball; Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii.
Picked up straight to series in April, New Warriors hails from Marvel Television and ABC Studios’ cable arm ABC Signature. Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory exec produce alongside Biegel.
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, who wrapped his six season starring role on Freeform’s Baby Daddy in May, 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?
The rest of the ensemble is featured below with character descriptions:
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 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 launch in 2018. It’s Freeform’s second Marvel series and joins Cloak and Dagger at the Disney-owned network.