It appears that the upcoming animated theatrical film ‘Scoob’ featuring the characters from the Saturday morning staple ‘Scooby-Doo’ and other Hanna Barbera shows, will depict the ol’ Mystery Inc. gang as kids, and they will be voiced by a couple of young Marvel stars and ‘Young Sheldon’ himself. Ariana Greenblatt, who portrayed young Gamora in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, will lend her voice to young Velma. In addition, Pierce Gagnon will join her as young Fred. This announcement follows the castings of ‘Captain Marvel’s young Carol Danvers, McKenna Grace as young Daphne, and ‘Young Sheldon’s Iain Armitage as young Shaggy.
Hanna Barbera explored the younger years of the Scooby gang on the Saturday morning series ‘A Pup Named Scooby-Doo’ which aired for four seasons from 1988 until 1991. That was actually the final version of ‘Scooby-Doo’ for many years. It didn’t return as an ongoing series until 2002’s ‘What’s New, Scooby-Doo?’.
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Greenblatt is a cast member of the Disney series ‘Stuck in the Middle’, and is currently shooting the Netflix horror-comedy ‘Monster Problems’ co-starring Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, and Michael Rooker. She also appeared in ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ and was a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars Junior’.
‘Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez provides the voice for the older Velma.
Gagnon already has a couple of voice acting gigs, as Tim on Netflix’s ‘The Boss Baby: Back in Business’ and Tiago in ‘Rio 2’. He also previously appeared as Sonny Jim Jones on the Showtime revival of ‘Twin Peaks’, and had roles on ‘Extant’, and ‘One Tree Hill’. He has appeared in the films ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Merry Friggin’ Christmas’, and ‘Looper’.
Zac Efron provides the voice of the older Fred.
Mckenna Grace basically makes a career playing the “young” version of an older character, having portrayed young Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in ‘Captain Marvel’, young Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, young Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) in ‘I, Tonya’, young Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) on ‘Once Upon a Time’, and even more. She co-starred on the series ‘Designated Survivor’, and ‘Fuller House’, Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, and will next be seen in ‘Annabelle Comes Home’.
She is also no stranger to voice work, having provided voices for ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’, ‘Elena of Avalor’, ‘The Lion Guard’, ‘Bizaardvark’, ‘The Angry Birds Movie’, and ‘Pickle and Peanut’.
Amanda Seyfried will voice the older Daphne.
Finally, Iain Armitage who stars on the CBS sitcom ‘Young Sheldon’, as well as HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’, will voice young Shaggy. (Coincidentally, Grace has also appeared on ‘Young Sheldon’.) Among his other credits are ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, ‘The Glass Castle’, ‘Our Souls at Night’, and ‘I’m Not Here’.
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Will Forte will voice the older Shaggy.
The cast also includes Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Kiersey Clemons as Teen Angel Deedee Sykes, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon, and Jason Isaacs as villain Dick Dastardly.
Tony Cervone will direct ‘Scoob’, with Chris Columbus and Allison Abbate producing, and Charles Roven and Richard Suckle executive producing.
‘Scoob’ will be released on May 15, 2020.
Sources: The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter