Everything Fans Need To Know About Hulu's 'Veronica Mars' Revival
What familiar faces will join the titular lead, Veronica Mars, for another round of adventures in Neptune?
Veronica Mars has a storied past. Following the original series' abrupt cancelation, the spinoff that never happened, and a fan-funded feature film released in 2014, news that Hulu is making a revival of Veronica Mars is just the latest for the show.
The original series — which ran on UPN from September 22, 2004 (before the network shut down) to May 22, 2007 after its final season on The CW — was unexpectedly canceled. Shortly afterward, creator Rob Thomas proposed a feature film to wrap up the stories of Veronica and co., but the project was passed over.
In 2013, Thomas and series star Kristen Bell launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the film and continue the Mars legacy. The Kickstarter raised its goal of $2 million within 11 hours, and raised a total of $5.7 million, clearly demonstrating that fans had a lot of love left to give to Veronica.
The original TV series followed Veronica Mars as she juggled being a student (in high school and then in college) and being a part-time private investigator at her father's business. Each season had several mysteries that Veronica spent most of her time solving, and each mystery was intertwined with the character's development.
The film, set years later, saw Veronica graduating from law school and interviewing at prestigious New York City law firms. However, when she got a call from her ex-boyfriend, Logan, she rushed back to Neptune to help prove he wasn't guilty of murder. This story saw Veronica get back to her roots and embrace her sleuthing skills once again after she'd shunned them to pursue another kind of justice.
With Hulu's revival well on the way, we've compiled a list of everything we know about the reboot thus far.
The series will follow Veronica as she hunts down a serial killer who's running rampant in Neptune, California, which threatens to destroy the town's economy. Thomas has stated this season will be quite similar to the TV show, which means it will also differ from the 2014 film.
The official press release from Hulu reads: "Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach."
Many have questioned if the revival will be an adaptation of one of Thomas' Veronica Mars novels, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. In the book, Veronica investigates a mystery during spring break (after the events of the '14 film).
However, Thomas promises the revival will not borrow the book's premise. The show's also set five years after the events of the film, so it will take place in real time. The "98% canon" bit of his tweet is a bit concerning though. Will people who have not read the novels be able to catch up? What parts of his already written story will not make it into the show? The novels were supposed to be a continuation for fans, so the fact that they will be making a few changes has us worried.
When will the revival air?
Production of the revival's eight episodes began in October, and the project is slated to release on Hulu (worldwide) in 2019. No specific date or time frame has been set, but given what the story is about, we certainly have a guess for when Hulu will choose to release the season.
Who will return to Neptune?
Well, of course, Bell was eager to step into the titular role once again and portray the former teen sleuth in adulthood. Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Francis Capra (Weevil), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Max Greenfield (Leo D'Amato) and David Starzyk (Richard Casablancas) will also return. Veronica's mother, Lianne, is also set to appear with a new husband in tow.
What new faces should we expect?
Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio, Happy!, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will appear as Penn Epner, who "is on the wrong side of 40 for 'best pizza delivery guy in Neptune' to be his claim to fame, but the dude won’t shut up about it. He barely shuts up at all. Pizza delivery is his job, but his passion is 'true crime.' He is a frequent poster on unsolved murder websites. Penn is affable and a bit hapless, and he’s going to milk his 15 minutes for all they’re worth."
Before the official description was announced, the actor joked that he'd finally play the ghost of Lou Costello, as fans have demanded.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste (who recently portrayed Chidi's girlfriend, Simone, on NBC's The Good Place alongside Bell) is set to play Nicole, the owner of a Neptune nightclub where spring breakers hang out. The problem? It's the spot where many of them are found dead. Veronica's convinced the killer is stalking the club in hopes of finding their next victim, which will probably lead to some tension between them.
iZombie's Dawnn Lewis will also make an appearance as Neptune's new police chief ,Marcia Langdon — the same Marcia Langdon who won the race for chief in the novel.
Are you excited for the new era of Veronica Mars?