The upcoming 2020 animated theatrical movie ‘Scoob’, short for ‘Scooby-Doo’ has added two major stars to its voice cast. Zac Efron will voice trap enthusiast Fred Jones, while Amanda Seyfried will voice danger-prone Daphne Blake. They join the previously announced voice cast of Will Forte as Shaggy Rogers, Gina Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley, and animation vet Frank Welker as Scooby himself. In addition, Tracy Morgan will voice another Hanna Barbera mystery solver, Captain Caveman.
Welker has actually voiced Fred since the very first ‘Scooby-Doo’ cartoon in 1969, although other actors have stepped in periodically. Grey Griffin has voiced Daphne in most recent projects.
‘Scoob’ will unite the Mystery Inc. gang with other Hanna Barbera heroes, including Captain Caveman, to foil the machinations of Dick Dastardly, the villain first showcased on HB’s 1968 series ‘Wacky Races’. It had yet to be announced what other characters may pop up.
‘Scooby-Doo’ and his pals have been a constant presence on TV since they debuted. 32 animated movies have been released direct-to-video since 1998. Two live-action films were released in theaters in 2002 and ’04, followed by more on video.
Efron catapulted into instant heartthrob status after starring in Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ franchise. He has since graduated to more adult roles in films such as ‘Hairspray’, ’17 Again’, ‘Neighbors’, ‘Dirty Grandpa’, ‘Baywatch’, ‘The Disaster Artist’, and ‘The Greatest Showman’. He will next be seen in two very different projects. He portrays serial killer Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’, while he will play Flicker in the comedy ‘Beach Bum’ which also stars Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, and Martin Lawrence.
Seyfried may be best known for 2008’s musical ‘Mama Mia!’ and its 2018 sequel. She has also starred in the movies ‘Dear John’, ‘Letters to Juliet’, ‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Love the Coopers’, and ‘Gringo’, and on the TV series ‘Big Love’ and the revival of ‘Twin Peaks’. She will next be seen in ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’, which opens in September and co-stars Kevin Costner, and Milo Ventimiglia.
Both Efron and Seyfried have done voice work before. Efron contributed to the Disney series ‘The Replacements’, Adult Swim’s ‘Robot Chicken’, and the movie ‘The Lorax’. Seyfried lent her voice to ‘The Family Guy’, and ‘American Dad!’, and the movie ‘Epic’.
Though it may not mean anything, considering that both have extensive experience with musicals– Efron in the ‘High School Musical’ series, ‘Hairspray’, and ‘The Greatest Showman’, and Seyfried in the two ‘MamaMia!’ flicks, and ‘Les Misérables’– could this mean that ‘Scoob’ could include a musical number or two?
Check back for updates as this project develops!