The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has received some unexpected attention in pop culture lately thanks to a an interview with Anna Kendrick.
“My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her],” she told Net A Porter. “I don’t know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!”
If you’re unfamiliar with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, let me give you a quick rundown. Her real name is Doreen Green. She’s a human with the strength and speed of a squirrel. The main difference is she’s smart enough not to run into oncoming traffic for no apparent reason. She has the ability to speak to squirrels and commands and army of them. Basically, she’s like Ant-Man without all the technology. In New Avengers she babysat for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore the thought of Kendrick playing Squirrel Girl. Based on the attention she’s gotten lately, it seems like I’m not alone. We can’t always get our dream cast, so I decided to take a look at a few other actresses that could play The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
The versatility of Kate McKinnon is undeniable. We’ve watched her take on a variety of roles on Saturday Night Live. Her portrayal of Jillian Holztmann in Paul Fieg’s Ghostbusters is what sealed the deal for me. McKinnon has comedic timing and an upbeat personality. I have no doubt that she could take on Doreen and make it a role to remember. Watching her talk to squirrels and command and army of them would be pretty amazing.
There’s always the possibility that The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl could be made into an animated feature. Rebel Wilson’s line delivery never fails to make me laugh, and that’s what we need from an animated Squirrel Girl. When you have to rely on dialogue and animation to read a character, you need someone that can bring that character to life. Wilson has an infectious energy that would be sure to grab anyone’s attention.
Aubrey Plaza is my dark horse when casting. Plaza is funny, but dark humor seems to suit her more. If she was cast as Doreen that would open the door to a crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy. I would love to see her acting opposite Chris Pratt as Star Lord. They were great together in Parks and Recreation, why would the Marvel Universe be any different? Plus, Plaza could probably handle whatever comes at her while babysitting for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
I was hesitant to cast Emma Stone at first. We’ve already seen her as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man. That shouldn’t stop Marvel from asking her to be Squirrel Girl. Chris Evans played Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four prior to playing Captain America. Stone is funny, and awkward. The character may end up being similar to that of Olive in Easy A when it comes to comedy. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I’m sure Olive would be a fan of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
Zooey Deschanel always comes across as being type-cast to me. Often times she’s the manic pixie dream girl that guys fall over themselves to be with in the movies. This would give us a chance to still see the quirky personality we have come to love, but also see her save the day. I want to see her in a role where she can have fun and not be the love interest.
At the end of the day, there are many options for the role of Doreen Green. The favorite choice is of course Anna Kendrick. It helps that she has shown an interest in the character. If by some chance Marvel doesn’t feel these options could live up to the expectations of their fanbase, there’s always another option. They could cast John Barrowman. He showed the world at San Diego Comic Con that he already has the costume. Barrowman could pull it off. I’d certainly watch him in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.