The cast and creators of Daphne & Velma were on hand during Chicago's C2E2 to talk about the upcoming Scooby-Doo prequel movie set to be released on May 22. The live-action film will put the spotlight on the two (future) female members of Mystery Inc. while they were in high-school, before they met the rest of the Scooby gang. Meaning: we're getting an origin story. Jinkies!
Stopping by SYFY WIRE's Live Stage for a chat with Jackie Jennings was Sarah Gilman (who plays Velma), director/producer Suzi Yoonessi, and producers Jennifer Tisdale, Alexandra Davis and Peter Girardi.
Yoonessi first set the stage for us by explaining where in the Scooby-Doo timeline we pick up with Daphne and Velma in the film, revealing the two were Internet BFFs before going to the same high school. Gilman also talked about her chemistry with co-star Sarah Jeffery (Daphne), while Girardi (who was involved with Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) explained what drew him to this project in the first place.
"We knew we wanted to kind of separate a little bit and just focus on the two women in Mystery Incorporated," Girardi told us. "Because we don't really know… we know how the gang all got together but in the history of the franchise, the girls got together first. And then they met the boys and the Big Brown Dog as we call him. So we really wanted to kind of focus on that. The things we talk about with Scooby are the four 'F's: food, flashlight, fear and friendship. So we really wanted to focus on the friendship on this one."
Yoonessi also discussed, amongst other things, translating some iconic cartoon moments into the live-action film and opened up about putting their own spin on the characters of Daphne and Velma.
"I think the characters are so much more fleshed out now — especially Daphne," Yoonessi said. "Because Daphne could be seen as just, like, ditzy, but she rules and runs with her heart. And I think that Sarah Jeffery just created this Daphne that people are gonna fall in love with and she's someone who gets along with everyone. She's super into aliens and the paranormal, so I think there's a lot of meat now on Daphne. And for Velma, she has an edge. And it's not just like nerdy Velma. I feel like Sarah Gilman's Velma is an edgy outsider who marches to the beat of her own drum."
The creators also talked about how Daphne & Velma boasts a contemporary take on the animated series and teased some updates for 2018, such as how the high school the two girls go to is "steeped in technology." They also reveal whether Scooby and the boys will appear (and more!). Scooby-Doo, where are you?
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.