Given how much personality Abby Ryder Fortson brought to the role, it can be a challenge for their replacement to capture the same charm, but Kathryn Newton was up for the task. She possesses the same charm, yet has the extra benefit of making Cassie feel like her own. Newton wants folks to know that Cassie thinks with her heart above anything else, telling THR:
“She’s sticking up for the little guy, and she’s not thinking too much about it. If it’s the right thing to do and someone needs help, she’s going to do it. That’s pretty brave, and it makes for a good movie because she makes a lot of mistakes trying to do the right thing. She kind of trips over herself and is clumsy, but she’s a good character because she’s got a place to go.”
You only have to go back to “Ant-Man and the Wasp” to see the character’s inherent nature to help out. When Scott talks about having a superhero partner, Cassie thinks she would make a great one. Without her input, Scott probably would have let Hope (Evangeline Lily) and Hank (Michael Douglas) carry out the mission on their own. Fortson’s performance showed someone who wanted the people in her life to do the right thing. “Quantumania” is surely going to give her older counterpart a chance to do some good herself. Given how much we do know of Kang’s incoming wrath, if there’s any moment for Newton’s Cassie to step up and be a hero, it’s now.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is set to hit theaters on February 17, 2023.