Two weeks ago, comedian Joel Hodgson launched a Kickstarter to revive cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000, and now he's announced a new piece of key casting: comedian Felicia Day. In an update to the campaign, Hodgson revealed that Day will be playing mad scientist Kinga Forrester, daughter of one of the show's original villains, Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu). It's the latest in a series of casting announcements for the project, with Hodgson announcing comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn as the two new voices of the show's robotic sidekicks, and Nerdist podcast co-host Jonah Ray recently named as the new lead host.
According to Hodgson, he met Day a few months ago at Salt Lake Comic-Con, and decided to gauge her interest in joining the project over a Twitter DM. As with all of the casting announcements, however, there actually isn't any paperwork in place: until the Kickstarter closes, Hodgson and his team won't know what kind of sum they're working with and how many shows they'll be able to put together — but the fact that the campaign is making so many splashy announcements would seem to indicate that the specifics have already been locked in. As for the campaign itself, it got off to a quick start, pulling in $1 million in the first 24 hours. As of now, it's earned over $2.6 million, which will allow them to produce three new episodes of MST3K. Should they get to $3.3 million they'll produce six episodes, with $1.1 million increments netting three new episodes each, all the way to the campaign's high-end goal of $5.5 million for a full order of 12.
To help promote the campaign even further, Hodgson is also teasing the upcoming reveal of another new villain for the show, as well as an online version of the show's annual "Turkey Day Marathon." This Thursday, six episodes of the classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be streaming online free of charge; the full list of compatible devices and apps is available here.