The Misfits reboot has rounded out the gang, adding the new actor for Simon and giving comedian Dave Foley a key role. After becoming a cult hit in England and gaining traction stateside thanks to Hulu, the American remake of Misfits is starting to shape out. Beginning in 2009, the show took a modern look at superpowers through the lens of a group of delinquent teens. Equally funny and heart-wrenching, the new take on the show could either be a smash hit or a big disappointment, given how it’s handled. Luckily, the show has a good pedigree.
Coming out of the blue, word arrived last month regarding the Americanized version of the show that will arrive on Freeform next year. Written by iZombie showrunner Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Runaways production outfit Fake Empire, Misfits might just be the perfect fit for Freeform and its growing slate of supernatural and superhero teen TV dramas. While the previous announcement about the show brought word of four of the series’ leads, we now know who will be playing the final member of the titular crew.
Deadline is reporting that Charlie Saxton (Hung) will be tackling the role of the socially awkward Simon. In the original series, he’s the heart of the show but has a bit of a dark side. He can also turn invisible, something he doesn’t always use for altruistic purposes. The announcement also brought word that Kids in the Hall co-founder Dave Foley will also be a series regular, playing the sad-sack driver Bernie.
Foley’s character looks to be a new addition, described as a disheveled and pathetic man. His status as a driver is likely connected to the community service the protagonists are assigned to. Foley’s knack for comedy should bring plenty of levity to the show. Though best known for Canadian sketch comedy series Kids in the Hall, recent years have seen him on Bajillion Dollar Properties$ and Dr. Ken.
Saxton, meanwhile, has some huge shoes to fill. Currently voicing a character on the Netflix series Trollhunters from Guillermo del Toro and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), he’ll be stepping into the role of a major fan-favorite character. He’ll also be following up Iwan Rheon, who went on to play Ramsay Snow on Game of Thrones and will next star in Inhumans as Maximus. If things go well, perhaps Saxton will have a similar career boost.
While still in the early stages, we should start to learn more about the new take on Misfits now that the core cast has been solidified, so stay tuned.
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