Aubrey Plaza, one of the leading cast members in the hit NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, will be the actress behind the voice of the legendary Grumpy Cat in the upcoming Lifetime movie. The announcement was made early Wednesday afternoon.
The 30-year-old is said to be thrilled regarding her vocal role in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which is scheduled for release later this year. The film’s plot centers around the cat, whose real name is said to be Tardar Sauce, living an unsatisfying existence in a small shopping center pet store. A 12-year-old girl takes interest in the feline after realizing she can converse with it, and subsequently rescues it from the pet store after closing time. Plaza was not the original choice behind the animal’s voice; actress Jane Lynch was rumored up to take part in the film, but reportedly backed out following her recent Emmy win. Lynch has not yet given a statement regarding the matter.
Many of Plaza’s fans are equally ecstatic about the Delaware native’s upcoming role, given that Grumpy Cat’s demeanor is not so different from the character of April Ludgate, whom the actress portrays on Parks and Recreation. Both are sullen, sarcastic, and have quite a talent for portraying an extremely convincing less-than-impressed look on their faces. Said fans feel that Plaza will, without a doubt, be up for the challenge of bringing the meme-inspiring animal to life on the big screen. Given that the actress’ ability to pull off a deadpan performance has earned her much acclaim from viewers of the show, admirers feel as though this is the perfect part for her.
Plaza has certainly been making a name for herself in the past year. At the 2013 MTV VMAs, she was reportedly asked to leave the event following an allegedly unscripted incident in which she attempted to pull an award out of actor Will Farrell’s hands. Farrell seemed genuinely alarmed by the attempted hijacking of the award, asking Plaza if she was alright while making sure to keep a tight grip on the object. After making her way back to her seat, the actress was shortly thereafter asked to leave due to the aforementioned stage crashing. Headliners behind the VMAs reportedly compared the incident to rapper Kanye West’s infamous hijacking of country/pop superstar Taylor Swift’s VMA award for Best Video of the Year in 2009, and gave the statement that such an occurrence was considered unacceptable regardless of whether it was staged or not. When asked about the incident later on, Farrell stated that he had no prior knowledge that such a thing was going to happen, and insinuated the possibility that Plaza was drunk before she chose to get on stage and attempt to take his award. He backed up this suggestion by saying that the actress’ breath smelled like liquor at the time of the event.
It remains to be seen how the public will react to Aubrey Plaza’s vocal portrayal of the infamous Grumpy Cat in the upcoming Lifetime moving. The movie’s release date has yet to be announced.
by Rebecca Grace