A feature film or TV-movie starring Scooby-Doo’s Velma Dinkley and Daphne Blake? It seems like it is only a matter of time until an official casting announcement, as select plot and character details have been trickling in from casting calls online.
On September 28th, an initial casting call on CastingAbout.Com sought actresses for the lead roles in a ‘feature film UNTITLED VELMA & DAPHNE PROJECT’ executive produced by Ashley Tisdale. The pair might have since been cast, if Tisdale herself was not vying for one of the two roles.
Later, on October 9th, Moviehole released an exclusive report detailing the film’s premise. The film will focus on Velma Dinkley and Daphne Blake during their time before Mystery Inc. at Ridge Valley High. Something suspect is happening to the students of their high school. Velma investigates and is eventually forced to ask Daphne for help. This will be the pair’s first meeting and decision to investigate a mystery.
The rest of the Mystery Inc. crew will reportedly not appear, with a supporting cast instead of fellow students, the school principle and the pair’s respective parents.
The Moviehole report compared the project to Riverdale, specifically the series’ tone and reimagining of the classic with modern characters and a hard edge. Regardless, the Velma and Daphne film will still follow familiar Scooby-Doo tropes, a series of scares and a big reveal ending.
Earlier this month, Omega Underground uncovered another casting call for extras on the high school set. This casting call confirmed Moviehole’s description of the movie as a high school origin movie for the eponymous duo. This casting call also described Velma and Daphne as suspicious that ‘their fellow students are being turned into zombies or mindless drones.’
With such at stake, this untitled Velma and Daphne movie has something in common with the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie, which depicted teenage holidaymakers turned into mindless drones. It as of as yet unknown if Scrappy-Doo will also be responsible for the scheme in this project.
Velma and Daphne were played by Linda Cardellini and Sarah Michelle Gellar, respectively, in 2002’s Scooby-Doo and its sequel in 2004, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. More recently, Hayley Kiyokiand and Kate Melton played the pair in two made-for-television movies released on Cartoon Network in 2009 and 2010.
Warner Bros. have made several announcements for feature film projects featuring Mystery Inc. in the past several years. An animated movie simply titled Scooby is reportedly targeted for release in 2020. S.C.O.O.B. has also been announced with the intention to begin a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe. At this time, it is unclear whether the untitled Velma and Daphne project will mean these other projects are shelved.