Listen up, marshmallows – the good news about the Veronica Mars movie just keeps rolling in, and we couldn’t be more excited.
To catch you up on a little VMars history, the brilliant series was on air from 2004 to 2007, starring Kristen Bell as a feminist heroine who kicked major ass and addressed her own vulnerability in equal parts.
The show had everything: a tightly plotted mystery, the sluethiest, snarkiest scenes, incomparable amounts of heart, and a love (LOgan/VEronica) story for the ages.
More importantly, the series addressed real issues like rape culture and slut-shaming with moral care and dignity, and its characters were always three-dimensional, with aspirations, jealousies, insecurities, and joyous revelations as real as our own. The show was then cancelled without providing closure, much to the devastation of loyal fans everywhere.
This spring, director Rob Thomas decided to take matters into his own hands when he put up a Kickstarter for the movie, making the Veronica Mars movie the largest crowd-funded film project to date, raising a groundbreaking 2 million dollars in its first 10 hours.
Although critics have spoken up in hesitation, fearful that Thomas’s success (the project ended up with 5.5 mil!) will open up a veritable Pandora’s box of crowdfunding projects, it’s clear that the guy is passionate as hell about what he’s doing, as he writes on the Kickstarter info page: “To be clear, I’ve always wanted to make a Veronica Mars movie…so this is it. This is our shot. I believe it’s the only one we’ve got…I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there’s also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made.”
From the beginning, he’s sworn to fans that he will try to include as many of the original characters as possible – and he wasn’t lying!
The past few days have seen some of our favorites signing on: Ryan Hansen, the show’s hilariously sleazy Dick Casablancas, and Tina Majorino, “the Q to [Veronica’s] Bond,” are fully on board.
What we’re most thrilled about though, of course, is BUST's April/May 2012 cover woman Krysten Ritter’s recent casting!
Ritter, who played Veronica's classmate Gia Goodman, seems overjoyed as well.
She tweeted: “It’s gonna be very juicy. Veronica Mars has a special place in my heart because it was my first big acting job (!!!!!!) and it was also one of the most lovely on-set experiences you could ever ask for. This will truly be an awesome shoot, not only because we all get to be reunited (can’t WAIT!) but because of the revolutionary way this all was able to come to life!”
Since Veronica Mars, Ritter’s career has totally taken off, seeing her star in her own show featuring a complex female lead, Don’t Trust The B---- In Apartment 23 (which sadly ended this May). Ritter says of her titular bitch character, “I do think Chloe is breaking the mould for females on TV. It’s always the boys who get to play the nut jobs and sociopaths. Guys usually get the funny lines and the girls often roll their eyes or have to set up the joke. She’s smart and confident but she’s also comic relief.”
It’s empowering to see that not only are these actresses playing smart, interesting women on the screen – they’re like that in real life, as well! Ritter tells BUST, “Women are getting away with murder now, and I want to watch girls like me on TV. My group of friends, we’re pretty hardcore. We like to work hard, we’re hustlers, we travel alone, we’re badasses. But it is rare to see that in a female character.”
Bell's fierce in her fight for equality as well, serving as an incredible advocate for the Human Rights Campaign, pledging not to wed fiancé Dax Shepard until “all of their friends have equal access to marriage,” joining Americans for Marriage Equality.
We're looking forward to movies in 2014 with newfangled optimism if it means that these dazzling women are going to be stealing our screens – and hearts.
Photos via Kickstarter, BUST Magazine, Google Images.