Marshmallows rejoice! Veronica Mars is making a comeback, and fans got their first glimpse at the official cast this week when creator Rob Thomas posted a pic on Twitter. The photo came from a table read and features star Kristen Bell – who plays the titular character – alongside Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Daran Norris (Cliff McCormack), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), and David Starzyk (Richard Casablancas).
Thomas later clarified that the pic gives fans an indication of who will be in episode one when the revival hits Hulu, but it doesn’t mean that other favorites won’t be coming in later.
From the #VeronicaMars table read. This is some indication of who is in episode 1. It doesn't mean your fave doesn't come in later. @IMKristenBell @PD3Official @golfstoomuch @jason_dohring @dawnn_lewis @pattonoswalt @ricocolantoni @IzabelaVidovic @ccollinsjr @dstarzyk pic.twitter.com/3dlrVlykqK
— Rob Thomas (@RobThomas) November 14, 2018
Also confirmed to be joining the cast is Dawnn Lewis from iZombie, who will be playing new police chief Marcia Langdon, Patton Oswalt as Penn Epner, the “best pizza delivery guy in Neptune,” Kirby Howell-Baptiste, from Bell’s other series The Good Place, as Neptune nightclub operator Nicole, Clifton Collins Jr. as cartel hitman Alonzo Lozano, and Izabela Vidovic as Matty Ross.
Also joining the cast will by Ryan Hansen as Dick Casablancas, Francis Capra as Weevil, and Max Greenfield as Leo D’Amato.
Another big name attached to the project is NBA hall-of-famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who joined the writers’ room.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the reboot will offer a season-long case over eight episodes that will feature Veronica investigating a Spring Break serial killer in her hometown of Neptune, California. This case will lead to a fallout between the affluent and working classes because the wealthy residents would like to see the spring break crowd leave town, but the working-class residents need the spring breakers to keep spending money to keep their businesses afloat.
“It’s gonna be a much darker world, it’s going to be a bigger world, it’s definitely not what we did on UPN or The CW, so I want to brace fans for that, that it’s going to be darker and bigger and more cinematic, a little bit different,” said Bell.
Veronica Mars debuted on UPN in 2004 and became a cult favorite during its three seasons. Word of a possible revival first popped up in August when Bell and Thomas signed with Hulu, and just a month later Hulu picked up eight episodes.
The new season of Veronica Mars – along with all of the previous seasons and the Kickstarter-funded feature film – will hit Hulu in 2019, but the streaming service has not yet announced a specific date.