‘Misfits’ Is Getting Rebooted And Their Cast Has Been Announced

Misfits, the British science fiction comedy drama, which aired November 2009 to December 2013 is getting an American Television remake.

Becoming a cult television show, the plot revolved around a group of young offenders who, whilst doing community service get hit by a mysterious electrical storm giving them unique supernatural powers. The original cast were of Lauren Socha, Antonia Thomas, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Iwan Rheon and Robert Sheehan. At the end of the second series Robert Sheehan left to be replaced by Joseph Gilgun.

The third series saw Iwan Rheon, Antonia Thomas and Laren Socha leaving to be replaced Karla Crome, Nathan McMullen and Matt Stokoe. Halfway through the fourth season Nathan Stewart-Jarrett left and was replaced by Natasha O’Keefe. The show ended after five seasons. June 2017 saw a move forward with a pilot for the US remake of the show.

The American version of the Misfits will follow the same premise as the original show with young offenders doing community service gaining superpowers after an electrical storm trying to get their lives back on track whilst being burdened with their new found powers. Joining the cast of the remake will be Ashleigh LaThrop, Tre Hall, Allie MacDonald and Jake Cannavale.

To suit American audiences the characters will be slightly changed from the UK original with Alicia being a spoiled, vapid, middle-class party girl. Curtis will be a talented and cocky football player with a promising career ahead of him. Kelly is a tough and trashy girl, who is street smart with a hair-trigger temper. Nathan is a con artist and thief with a heavily inflated sense of his own intelligence.

The remake of the Misfits will be scripted by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Diane Ruggiero-Wright. Making her directing debut with the pilot episode will be Victoria Mahoney. Original UK Misfits creator Howard Overman and UK series producer Murray Ferguson will also be involved in the US television adaptation. Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire will serve as co-executive producer.

Not all UK shows work in the United States, but there is the exception, one that comes to mind is The Ricky Gervais comedy the Office which was successfully adapted and helmed by Steve Carrell.