HBO Max is teaming up with Mindy Kaling on a mature origin story for Velma and Scooby gang and we got our first look at the series at New York Comic Con.
In a panel, HBO Max shared a sneak peek of the first episode which establishes Velma as an origin story set before the gang officially teamed up to solve mysteries. The preview was full of a grizzly murder, profanity, and some butts.
While HBO Max hasn’t shared the preview online, IGN was in attendance and got a glimpse of the first episode preview which begins with a voiceover from Velma Dinkley (played by Mindy Kaling) telling the audience about the bone-chilling events that lead up to the greatest mystery-solving team-up ever.
A full voice cast has also been revealed including Glenn Howerton, Constance Wu, and Sam Richardson.
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The preview begins in the girl’s locker room (“Sex sells,” according to Velma in the preview) where Daphne (Constance Wu) and Velma are there together when a body falls out of one of the lockers. The corpse turns out to be another student named Brenda who is missing her brain.
The mystery to find Brenda’s killer will unite crime-loving Velma with Daphne, who was Brenda’s ex-best friend. Daphne’s parents, who are cops, interrogate the two girls and give Velma 24 hours to solve the murder.
Fred (Glenn Howerton) is also introduced as a vain individual who has a disease where he can’t recognize people who aren’t hot. He is apparently dating Daphne, but Brenda was his “plan B in case she was too clingy.”
Shaggy (Sam Richardson) appears last as a friend with a crush on Velma and later joins the investigation to help clear Velma’s name. And yes, Shaggy does appear to be a bit of a stoner in this version.
While the gang’s quest to find Brenda’s killer leads to sketchy drug dealers, dismembered body parts, and forbidden romances this certainly appears to be a mature take on the Scooby gang, leaning towards adult animated comedies than the original cartoons.
During a panel following the preview the moderator says definitively that this show is “not for kids,” and that it is closer to the shows Kaling and showrunner Charlie Grandy love like Rick and Morty and Harley Quinn.
This is just the latest reinvention of Velma in recent times, following the character coming out as a lesbian in a recent movie, unrelated to the HBO Max series.
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Matt TM Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
Additional reporting by Adam DiLeo