Pop culture’s worst-kept secret has finally been revealed: Hobgoblins is a Gremlins rip-off. Also, Felicia Day joined the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, something approximately the entire Internet guessed when they saw her mystery outline. Day, best known for her frequent collaborations with Joss Whedon and being “nerd royalty,” will join the new Mike and/or Joel (depending on your personal preference), Jonah Ray, as the new mad scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester’s daughter Kinga.
Joel Hodgson made the announcement on MST3K‘s Kickstarter, explaining that he wanted the next Mad (that’s MST3K speak for mad scientist) to be “someone who could be both comedic and threatening… and if possible, both at the same time,” and also a woman with a red hair and “who could be threatening, and could have moments of true irrational rage.”
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.” Anyway, I checked out her seminal webseries, The Guild, and was just delighted. She was like a geek Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show! And then I saw her in Dr. Horrible, and again, I was just so impressed.
About 6 or 8 weeks ago at the Salt Lake ComicCon, I got a message from my booking agent, saying, “Did you know that Felicia Day really wants to meet you?” Interesting. So we met in the green room that afternoon, and she was funny and sweet. She’s kind of a goof, but there’s also this manic side to her that will let her do “crazy.” (Via)
Hodgson, who also wrote that Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn are the next voices of Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, even shared this history-making Twitter message exchange.
That’s the same way Scorsese got De Niro for Raging Bull.