FANBROS FANCAST: Kim Possible
She’s your basic average girl and she’s here to save the world.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who grew up in the early 2000’s who didn’t finish the rest of that song in their heads. Kim Possible was a cartoon series that aired on Disney Channel from 2002-2007 and was so beloved that it was nominated for an Emmy in 2003 for outstanding animated program. Besides that, it was one of the rare Disney Channel shows that got more than one Disney Channel original movie.
In February it was announced that Disney is dusting off the property and making a live action film, which of course has fans split on if this is a good move or not. Regardless, casting is currently underway, so before anything gets announced allow me to throw a few suggestions out into the universe and fan cast the Kim Possible live action movie.
First thing’s first, let’s kick things off with the titular Kim Possible. She’s a teenager who fights crime in between cheerleading practice and juggling the usual high school landscape, and of course she gets by with a little help from her friends. Ever since the live action project was announced the internet pretty much collectively decided that Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch would be the perfect Kim by virtue of…her red hair I guess? Not hating on Madelaine because I think her work on Riverdale as Cheryl Blossom is fantastic, but there isn’t much about her that screams Kim to me from what I’ve seen of her performances. Which is why my pick for Kim is Shadowhunters’ Katherine McNamara. Kim is both competitive and compassionate, traits that Katherine portrayed beautifully in the short lived MTV series, Happyland. Of course as a super spy cheerleader kicking butt isn’t optional, something Katherine does on a weekly basis on Freeform’s Shadowhunters.
Kim’s best friend since kindergarten, sidekick, and both the best customer and employee Bueno Nacho has ever had, Ron Stoppable is essential to the Kim Possible mythos. For all intents and purposes he’s the show’s leading man, but he’s more weird and bubbly than suave and debonair. Initially, I thought of Actors like Austin Butler and Ansel Elgort, but I’ve never seen either of them in anything that didn’t have them come off less than cool, and Ron needs someone who can play goofy well, but also maybe steal a heart or two without meaning to do so. I think Froy Gutierrez fits the bill well. He’s a relative newcomer, with his biggest gig to date being a stint on Teen Wolf, but it was watching him as a loveable and goofy jock on Netflix’s One Day at a Time reboot that sold him for me, and he even has freckles, so points for pointless nitpicky features.
Every great hero needs a guy in the chair, and for Kim that guy is Wade. In the show, Wade is only 10 years old yet has already graduated high school and college. For the purposes of the fancast I’m going to age him up a bit and nominate Rico Rodriguez for the part. Not only do Wade and Rico have similar features, but Rico has been playing a kid wise far beyond his years since 2009 in ABC’s Modern Family.
While not technically on team possible, Monique is Kim’s other best friend aside from Ron and the master of both the side eye and the stink face. If someone on team possible needs to be told about themselves it’s usually Monique that’s doing the telling. Just like with Kim, there’s a majority of people who thinks the role should go to Zendaya, which would be cute, don’t get me wrong, but something about that feels lazy, I think Zendaya might be Hollywood’s go to black girl at the moment. My first mind for Monique was actually Alexandria Shipp, who killed it as Abby earlier this year in Love, Simon. But, ultimately, I think China Anne McClaine would knock Monique out of the park, and her work in both Descendants 2 and now Black Lightning just has me anxious for her star to rise.
Bonnie Rockwaller is, in a word, a hater. She’s Kim’s nemesis in the halls of Middleton high school and pretty much lives to tear Kim and her friends down. Despite being salty whenever she’s on screen, it was always fun to see her hate on team possible, which is probably why she’s such a fan favorite; sometimes a foil is just fun to watch. For Bonnie, we need someone who makes being a mean girl look fun, and for that, Danielle Campbell is more than capable. Her biggest role was as Davina on The Originals, where she wasn’t a mean girl, but her subsequent roles on projects such as Marvel’s Runaways and ‘F the Prom’ sees her playing just that, and playing it well. Plus, it wouldn’t suck to see a different more vulnerable side of Bonnie, which her playing Davina indicates she can do.
Of course the Kim Possible movie is a hero movie and every hero needs a villain. Kim has a pretty eclectic rogues gallery from Señor Senior, Senior (and his son Señor Senior, Junior) to Monkey Fist. But Kim’s foremost foe has to be Dr. Drakken. He takes himself more seriously than anyone else around him does and is constantly looking for the respect and validation he thinks he deserves as a villain. Whoever plays Drakken would have to have comedy chops as well as the propensity to pull off evil, so I could think of no one better than Tom Cavanagh who as Eobard Thawne/a million different versions of Harrision Wells on The Flash has done consistently.
Last, but not least is Shego, Kim Possible’s arch-rival, and about a million more times as capable as Dr. Drakken in terms of villainy (who she is usually working for). Having Shego in the cast of the live action movie is a must. Whoever plays Shego will need to pull off both sexy, angry, confident, and sarcastic. Phoebe Tonkin in past roles has encompassed off all of these, namely her role as head witch in charge Faye Chamberlain on The CW’s short lived series, The Secret Circle, not to mention as Werewolf Hayley on The Originals.
There’s my Kim Possible fan cast, Fanbros. Who in Hollywood do you have on yours? Call me, beep me if you want to reach me in the comments down below, and check back right here on Fanbros.com for more Fanbros Fancasts.