Mindy Kaling has been busy during New York Comic-Con promoting her upcoming HBO Max series, Velma. The darker take on the Scooby-Doo franchise explores the story of Velma Dinkley before she joins Mystery Inc. or even is a thought. While details have been sparse, it looks like we finally got the full cast revealed for the series.
Mindy Kaling takes on the role of Velma while Sam Richardson joins to take on the iconic role of Norville, better known as Shaggy. Glenn Howerton will play the series’ take on Fred with Constance Wu taking on the role of Daphne. They are joined by Frank Welker, Jane Lynch, Russell Peters, Wanda Sykes, Melissa Fumero, Gary Cole, Ken Leung, Stephen Root, Cherry Jones, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Sarayu Blue, Yvonne Orji, Fortune Feimster, Ming-Na Wen, Shay Mitchell, Debby Ryan, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Kulap Vilaysak.
The first time we got a good look at the project was with a still during May’s upfronts, where they first confirmed their take on Velma will be of South Asian descent. The new take will definitely be interesting but it highlights how the franchise continues to be quite popular and open to many different iterations throughout the years. We’ll see if the childhood classic finds its footing as an r-rated project.
Source: Hollywood Reporter