Mindy Kaling is bringing the characters of Scooby-Doo to the realm of grownup animation along with her new HBO Max sequence, Velma. The present will concentrate on the origins of beloved crime-solver Velma Dinkley, however it’s going to additionally function the remainder of the members of the long-lasting Thriller Workforce in main roles. Kaling is voicing Velma, and the remainder of the Thriller Workforce shall be portrayed by Scooby newcomers as nicely. The total solid, introduced by HBO Max on Thursday, is completely stacked.
Sam Richardson, Veep star and scene-stealing visitor on I Suppose You Ought to Go away and Ted Lasso, is moving into the function of Shaggy for the brand new Velma sequence. It is At all times Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator and star Glenn Howerton shall be voicing Fred, whereas Loopy Wealthy Asians star Constance Wu takes over the function of Daphne.
The 4 Thriller Workforce members will play giant roles within the present, however Velma has additionally solid greater than a dozen different actors for characters that have not been introduced but. The remainder of the solid consists of Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, Melissa Fumero, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, Ken Leung, Cherry Jones, Frank Welker, “Bizarre Al” Yankovic, Fortune Feimster, Yvonne Orji, Sarayu Blue, Nicole Byer, Ming-Na Wen, Shay Mitchell, Debby Ryan, Kulap Vilaysak, and Karl-Anthony Cities.
Velma shall be directed at older audiences than conventional Scooby-Doo cartoons, making it a slightly distinctive take a look at these characters. It can in all probability share extra in widespread with the live-action movies than anything within the franchise. Velma may also be depicted as South Asian within the sequence, one other first for Scooby-Doo.
Within the lately launched Trick or Deal with, Scooby-Doo, it was formally revealed that Velma is a member of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Whereas that is the primary time one thing is has been absolutely addressed on-screen, a number of Scooby writers and creators over time have depicted Velma as homosexual. James Gunn, who wrote each live-action Scooby-Doo movies, supposed for Linda Cardellini’s Velma to be “explicitly homosexual,” earlier than the studio modified issues.
“In 2001 Velma was explicitly homosexual in my preliminary script,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “However the studio simply saved watering it down & watering it down, changing into ambiguous (the model shot), then nothing (the launched model) & lastly having a boyfriend (the sequel).”
At this level, there was no affirmation as to Kaling’s model of Velma may also be portrayed as a member of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
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