These Actors Star In The New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie
The beloved cartoon series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! began a franchise of epic proportions. Beginning in 1969, there have been very years in which a TV show, film, or other project was not released involving the gang in the Mystery Machine. Now, a new film has been announced. Here’s what we know.
There’s a new animated Scooby-Doo film in progress
The new film is scheduled for a May 2020 release. It is currently in pre-production, with recent deals made to secure the voice talents. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the as-yet-untitled film will be directed by Tony Cervone, who worked on multiple cartoon projects including The Looney Tunes Show.
Gina Rodriguez will voice Velma
The Jane the Virgin and Miss Bala star will voice Velma, the most logical member of the Scooby Gang. Rodriguez has been building an impressive portfolio voicing animated characters: She voiced Princess Marisa on children’s show Elena of Avalor, Gina Alvarez on the Netflix comedy Big Mouth, and stars as the titular spy on another Netflix animated series, Carmen Sandiego.
Will Forte provides the voice for Shaggy
Star of the NBC end-of-the-world comedy The Last Man on Earth Will Forte will also voice a role in the series. Forte voices Shaggy, the dopey best friend of Scooby-Doo, who typically spends his time eating with his four-legged pal. The Saturday Night Live alum has a long voice acting resume, comprised of shows such as Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, and The Cleveland.
Tracy Morgan voices a lesser-known character
Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock fame is voicing a character that is not originally from the Scooby-Doo universe. Captain Caveman was the star of his own animated mystery series, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, which aired from 1977-1980. The show is, like Scooby-Doo, property of Hanna-Barbera Productions, which is also responsible for The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and The Yogi Bear Show.
Like his aforementioned co-stars, Morgan is no stranger to acting in animated productions. He has voiced characters on The Simpsons, in the animated film Rio, and is currently working on the upcoming series Green Eggs and Ham, based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name.
Who will voice Scooby-Doo?
The eponymous dog will be voiced by none other than Frank Welker. Though you may not know his name, you would certainly recognize his voice — or, at least some of them. Welker is an accomplished voice actor, with impressive credits such as Futurama, Family Guy, and the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You! series.
Other information to come
There are still several unknowns in regards to the upcoming film. Most notable will be the announcement of the remaining two members of the gang, Fred and Daphne. In the last big-screen revival of the franchise, the life-action films Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, those two characters were portrayed by real-life couple Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Given the names currently attached, it seems as though the studio will be pulling for big names, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out.