While a sequel to the “Veronica Mars” movie is up in the air, there will be more “Veronica Mars” in store for fans.
Web series “Play It Again, Dick,” from creator Rob Thomas and following Ryan Hansen’s character Dick Casablancas, was announced in January, and now the casting that’s firmed up should be welcome news to fans.
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Kristen Bell, who told TheWrap in July that she would be involved with the series, will reprise her role as both Veronica Mars and a skewed version of herself.
This is because “Play It Again, Dick” has a meta premise of being about a fictional version of Hansen writing a “Veronica Mars” spinoff for himself to star in, and recruiting all his former co-stars to play along.
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Just about everyone will return to play along. Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Daran Norris, Francis Capra, Kyle Gallner and Christopher B. Duncan will play both a fictional version of themselves and their onscreen “Veronica Mars” character counterparts.
Ryan Devlin, who played Mercer Hayes in season 3 of the original series, will return to play himself but not his onscreen alter ego. Instead, he will take over for Teddy Dunn as Veronica’s first love, Duncan.
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Chris Lowell and Ken Marino will appear on the series as themselves, but they won’t reprise their on-screen counterparts. Conversely, Amanda Noret and Lisa Thornhill will return to play their on-screen counterparts — Madison Sinclair and Celeste Kane, respectively — but not themselves.
Additionally, the series will welcome some new faces. Robert Buckley and Rose McIver, who star in Thomas’ new CW series “iZombie,” will make appearances. Buckley will play Gaston, a flamboyant choreographer who ends up replacing Dohring as Logan Echolls in Hansen’s series, while McIver has dual roles as “Skank With Attitude” and “Horny Mourner.”
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The series also will feature Wesley Chan, Philip Wang and Chris Dinh, as well as CW bosses Mark Pedowitz and Thom Sherman.
“Play It Again, Dick” will premiere on CW Seed, The CW’s online distribution platform, on Sept. 15.
Buzzfeed first reported this news.