“Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza is stepping into the role of the world’s most unimpressed cat in Lifetime’s upcoming original movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.”
The film tells the story of an always overlooked cat in a pet shop who forms a unique friendship with a 12-year-old girl who can hear the cat’s inner monologue. It is not long before the two find themselves in a whole lot of trouble when Grumpy stops the kidnapping of an expensive dog at the store. Viewers prepare yourself for chaos, car chases and gun play.
Plaza and the other producers on the flick knew they needed a special actress to fill Grumpy’s shoes. Lifetime has released a new video in which Plaza chronicles her journey as Grumpy and it is pure perfection.
Here’s five reasons it hits the spot:
1. Chris Pratt loves it
Plaza’s former “Parks and Recreation” co-star Chris Pratt was so moved by the video he tweeted about it immediately. There’s probably no better stamp of approval than from a “Guardians of the Galaxy” powerhouse.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) November 7, 2014
The range of actors considered for the role of Grumpy in itself is hilarious, everyone from Angelina Jolie to George Lopez. It is hard to imagine Lopez doing an impression of a grumpy female cat for an entire two hours.
3. Southern charm
When Plaza finds out she got stuck with the part, she does one of her first attempts as the character with a Southern accent. It must be the Southern charm’s influence, because the voice comes off more uplifting than grumpy.
4. Channeling the grumps
Plaza decides the only way to get grumpy enough is to follow her daily activities. It is hard not to instantly get jealous of the actress living the leisurely life of a cat for a day.
5. Nailing it
Has anyone ever won an Emmy for a Lifetime movie? If not, Plaza might be the first. After throwing herself into some serious research, she nails down the essence of Grumpy like no one else could.
“Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” premieres on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.