Warner Bros. Pictures is filling up the iconic Mystery Van with all-star talent this year. Multiple outlets have now reported that Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried will be voicing the roles of Fred and Daphne in the animated feature. The movie is called “Scoob,” and other castings include Gina Rodriguez as Velma and Will Forte as Shaggy. It was reported earlier this month that Tracy Morgan will voice the character Captain Caveman, another character in the Hanna-Barbera Universe and that Frank Welker is voicing Scooby.
Tony Cervone is set to direct the film for the studio, with Chris Columbus, Charles Roven, Pam Coats, and Allison Abbate serving as producers on the film.
Depending on your age, you might remember a time when the Hanna-Barbera Universe would compete against each other in Wacky Races, or crossover into each other’s shows on Saturday mornings. This movie is doing the same thing, with the Mystery Van and other members of the HBU teaming up to save the world from Dick Dastardly. No word yet on Muttley his smirking dog, but it would be shocking if we saw Dastardly without his sidekick.
Scooby-Doo and the gang have been featured in several TV, film, and on-demand projects over the years. One of the most popular was the live-action “Scooby-Doo” that hit theaters back in 2002. James Gunn wrote the script for that movie, which featured Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson, and Isla Fisher. The film made $54M on opening weekend before grossing over $274.6M worldwide.
The latest installment to the franchise was “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” which brought back director Raja Gosnell, writer James Gunn, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Matthew Lillard. Seth Green and Alicia Silverstone joined the cast for that installment, which made $29M on opening weekend before grossing $181.4M worldwide.
“Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” first aired in 1969, and the gang has been pulling off masks and scarfing Scooby snacks ever since.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release “Scoob” in theaters on May 15, 2020.
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