As April Ludgate on the cult favorite sitcom Parks and Recreation, and Julie Powers in Edgar Wright‘s 2010 film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Aubrey Plaza has essentially made a name for herself as Nerddom’s bitter, misanthropic sweetheart. She has accomplished the rare feat of combining an acid tongue and dour demeanor with an undeniable, and almost inexplicable appeal.
Sound like anyone the Internet knows?
That’s right: The sour-faced feline actually named Tardar Sauce, but better known by her “stage name”–Grumpy Cat–will star in her own Christmas special on the cable network Lifetime, and Ms. Plaza will provide the online phenomenon’s voice. More after the jump:
The news was first reported by Mashable: Apparently Jane Lynch of Glee was Lifetime’s first pick to voice the disgruntled housepet, but after serious talks with the producers, she eventually turned the role down–despite what The Hollywood Reporter is calling “a rather significant paycheck”.
THR also went on to imply that Ms. Lynch may have changed her tune due to the fact that she just won an Emmy–perhaps she thought the voice role of an internet meme was beneath an actress who just received television’s highest honor (none of Lynch’s people were available to comment on this).
If you ask me, I’d say things worked out for the best: If you HAVE to have a Grumpy Cat Christmas movie (and I would have a hard time arguing why we do), you honestly couldn’t find an actress more appropriate for the title character than Aubrey Plaza.
The made-for-cable film is entitled Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, and it tells the story of a bitter, lonely, apparently unsellable cat living in a mall pet shop whose miserable existence is turned upside down when she meets a 12 year old girl (Megan Charpentier of Mama) who can hear her talk.
Mashable released the first photo from the film last week featuring Charpentier and Grumpy:
Lifetime has yet to announce an airdate for Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever–but I’ll put money on any time between November 28 and December 25.