The female members of the Mystery Inc. gang will once again be appearing on the big screen, but this time without their male counter parts. The well known characters of Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley, popularized by the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, are receiving an origin story set in their high school years before they joined forces with Scooby-Doo and their other Mystery Inc. pals. The live-action film follows the pair at Ridge Valley High, where the school’s most promising students are vanishing and returning in a zombie-like condition. The mystery-solving duo suspect the students’ unusual behavior is linked to their school benefactor, successful tech pioneer Tobias Bloom. Set in the present day, Daphne and Velma have received modern updates such as their friendship beginning online before they meet in person.
The film is being produced by Blondie Girl Productions (founded by Ashley Tisdale from High School Musical fame and her sister Jennifer) and Blue Ribbon Content, a subset of the Warner Bros. Television Group. Additional production services are being provided by Lifeboat Productions. When speaking of the project, Blondie Girl Production says it’s “committed to telling stories from a female perspective and could not be more thrilled to give Daphne and Velma their own story.” Blue Ribbon Content agrees, stating Daphne and Velma are “iconic and strong characters” and they believe this new saga will be “inspiring and entertaining.”
Sarah Jeffery from Shades of Blue will take on the role of Daphne and Sarah Gilman from Last Man Standing will star as Velma. Currently, the film is shooting in Atlanta and is expected to be release in 2018.