Much like new Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Jonah Ray, the identity of the new mad scientist/antagonist on the MST3k revival has been hotly debated and much speculated-upon ever since show creator Joel Hodgson launched the #BringBackMSt3k Kickstarter. Now, however, we know the answer. As the show blows past the $2.5 million mark in fundraising, Hodgson announced today a casting choice that is sure to bring in another huge wave of donations: Felicia Day will be MST3k’s new “Mad.”
Day joins Hampton Yount as the new voice of Crow T. Robot and Baron Vaughn as the new voice of Tom Servo, playing an unknown character who has been described by Joel as “the offspring of Dr. Clayton Forrester, and the grandchild of Pearl Forrester, and therefore heir to the MST3K experiment.” According to Joel, the new name is “Kinga Forrester.”
Day has been a geek icon at this point ever since the beginning of her gaming web series The Guild in 2007, followed by Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Today a con staple and social media juggernaut with some 2.6 million Twitter followers, she’s by far the biggest “get” for the new MST3k, a fresh face who has displayed great affection for the series in the past and will no doubt bring a large cadre of her own fans to the crowdfunding effort. Her participation had been hinted ever since Entertainment Weekly ran a print piece saying she was “in talks,” but the casting had not been confirmed until today. It seems she’s on board, although the official contracts haven’t been signed.
Per Joel: “The other thing I knew was that the next Mad should be someone who could be threatening, and could have moments of true irrational rage.”
And on her contract: “We haven’t got any formal deal in place yet because we weren’t sure how this Kickstarter would turn out, but I feel like it’s probably going to happen.”
It will be interesting to see how this announcement affects the overall #BringBackMST3k campaign, which has already reached its preliminary goal of $2 million to produce its first three episodes. The show is attempting to reach a final goal of $5.5 million, which would finance a full, 12-episode season.
After digesting this information, go read our own recent conversation with Joel Hodgson on the new series, fan response, criticism and the legacy of MST3k.