Freeform has officially given a pilot order to the supernatural drama Misfits, inspired by the British series of the same name. Victoria Mahoney (Queen Sugar, Yelling to the Sky) has been tapped to direct the pilot making this her pilot directing debut.
The Misfits reboot is based around a group of five young people in a community service program that develop supernatural powers after an electrical storm. Antonia Thomas, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Robert Sheehan starred in the British series that ran from 2009 to 2013.
The pilot hails from writer/producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZombie), Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, and will star Ashleigh LaThrop (Sirens), Tre Hall (Rebel), Allie MacDonald (Orphan Black) and Jake Cannavale (Nurse Jackie). If the show goes to series, the original show’s creator, Howard Overman, will also executive produce with Schwartz, Savage and Ruggiero-Wright. Fake Empire executive Lis Rowinski will serve as co-executive producer. Ruggiero-Wright would be showrunner.
Lathrop will play Alicia, a spoiled, vapid, middle-class party girl who seems to have three main goals in life: have fun, look hot and get guys. Hall plays Curtis, a talented and cocky football player with a promising career ahead of him who is used to everything going his way. MacDonald plays the tough and trashy Kelly, who is street smart with a hair-trigger temper and a penchant for beating the crap out of people. Cannavale plays Nathan, a con artist and thief with a heavily inflated sense of his own attractiveness, intelligence and potential.
Mahoney began her artistic career as an actress and has starred in everything from the classic series Seinfeld to the Blockbuster hit Legally Blonde, and also appeared in DuVernay’s short film Say Yes in 2013. Mahoney made the transition from acting to writing/directing with her powerful directorial debut, Yelling to the Sky, a classic independent coming-of-age drama about family, racial identity and survival starring Zoë Kravitz and Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe. In 2010, she was named one of Filmmaker‘s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and received a Golden Bear nomination, the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. In addition to Yelling to the Sky, Mahoney was at the helm of ASPiRE’s talk show Exhale, hosted by Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler. She also directed a short film titled Wrecked, and recently directed episodes of Queen Sugar, Claws, Greys Anatomy, and Survivor’s Remorse.