The girls from the Scooby gang are back together in live-action in the first trailer for Daphne and Velma. It's been quite some time since we've seen Scooby-Doo on the big screen and, while it doesn't look like the titular talking pooch is going to show up in this particular live-action spin-off, we do get to see how Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley, two very different people, came to be friends and learned how to solve mysteries in this prequel, which is set to be released this summer.
Daphne and Velma isn't coming to a theater near you. No, instead, this comes from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and will arrive on Blu-ray/DVD and digital platforms on May 22. With that in mind, it isn't terribly surprising to see that this looks very much like a Disney Channel version of a Scooby-Doo prequel. And, even though it's a prequel of sorts, it clearly takes place in modern day, as there is a lot of fancy modern gadgety at Velma's disposal, in addition to the technology we see at the girls' high school. And would it really be a Scooby-Doo movie of any kind without ghosts, zombies and other mysterious happenings of that sort? Of course not.
In Daphne and Velma, we see the duo before their eventual team-up with Shaggy, Scooby and Fred, who are nowhere to be found in this trailer. Daphne and Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but, prior to the events of this movie, have only met online. Daphne has just transferred to Velma's school, Ridge Valley High, which is a tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school's benefactor, a tech billionaire by the name of Tobias Bloom. Competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative. Daphne and Velma are forced to dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear, only to re-emerge in as zombies of sorts, but without the desire for human flesh.
Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue) plays Daphne Blake and Sarah Gilman (Last Man Standing) portrays Velma Dinkley. Previously, Sarah Michelle-Gellar played Daphne and Linda Cardellini played Velma in 2002's Scooby-Doo and 2004's Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed, which grossed a combined $457 million at the worldwide box office and were written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Safe to say, this movie probably won't be making that kind of money for the studio.
Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale's Blondie Girl Productions produced Daphne and Velma for Warner Bros. This may not be as fun or exciting for the adult crowd as the upcoming Supernatural and Scooby-Doo crossover episode, but this looks like a pretty harmless flick aimed at a younger audience. Be sure to check out the first trailer for Daphne and Velma, which comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, for yourself below.