Ever since original Mystery Science Theater 3000 co-creator Joel Hodgson announced his Kickstarter campaign to create new episodes of the seminal geeky-late-night, movie-riffing television series, fans everywhere have been giddy with excitement. The Kickstarter has already made enough to do a few episodes, with hopefully more to be unlocked as the campaign’s monetary total grows. In a recent update, Hodgson announced that Felicia Day has been hand-picked to play the new Mad Scientist “token bad guy” in the MST3K reboot.
Day’s character, Kinga Forrester, is the daughter of classic-series villain Dr. Clayton Forrester, but not much else has been released about her character yet, other than that she will be “someone who could be both comedic and threatening…and if possible, both at the same time,” according to Hodgson on the MST3K Kickstarter update page. Hodgson goes on to say:
“I don’t remember where I first saw Felicia, but I remember knowing right away that there was something really interesting about her: both the way she looked and the way she behaved. She was beautiful, and yet, so capable of being character-y too: I suppose that makes her ‘adorkable.’ Felicia’s secret power might be that she is fine being an outsider. And I also just think she can pull off being likable, intimidating and ‘crazy’ all at the same time: a total wild card! As the next Mad, she’s gonna need all that and more.”
You probably recognize Day from 2008’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, where she played the titular character’s love interest. More recently, she’s been stealing more geek hearts with her stints on Supernatural, Eureka, and The Guild. Both a beauty and a brain, with the heart of the ultimate geek, Day would certainly be a good fit for the reboot, which is intended to appear as webisodes.
It bears mentioning that nothing is actually set in stone quite yet. Hodgson hasn’t extended any formal deals to the proposed cast, because he is waiting to see how his crowdfunding through Kickstarter pans out. At the time of writing, his campaign has raised $2,600,757 and counting – over $2 mil was raised in the very first week. There are 18 days left in the campaign, but currently enough money has been raised for more than three episodes. If $5,500,000 is pledged, there will be enough money to fund a full 12 episode season. Other announced “intended” cast members include comedian Jonah Ray as the new host, and comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn as the new voices of Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo.
Source: Bleeding Cool