Marshmallow madness is in full swing as news continues to surface about the upcoming “Veronica Mars” revival.
And though details are still scarce about the eight-episode limited series — which will see the return of both Kristen Bell and original show creator Rob Thomas — TheWrap now has enough info to share it all with you, dear residents of the fictional Neptune, California.
Here’s what we currently know about everyone’s favorite small-screen female investigator’s long-awaited comeback.
1. Bell and Thomas aren’t the only familiar faces returning to Neptune
“Veronica Mars” alums Jason Dohring (Logan), Francis Capra (Weevil), Percy Daggs III (Wallace), David Starzyk (Richard Casablancas) and Enrico Colantoni (Veronica’s father, Keith Mars) have all been confirmed for the revival. And, as TheWrap reported earlier Tuesday, Ryan Hansen — the final hold out from the OG series regular lineup — has officially signed on to reprise his role as Dick Casablancas.
Former recurring star Max Greenfield is also reprising his “Veronica Mars” role. He will be returning as Leo D’Amato, who was new sheriff’s deputy on the OG series, and a detective at the San Diego Police Department in the 2014 film, who helped Veronica in the Susan Knight murder investigation.
2. When will it air?
We don’t have a clear answer on this one, but we do know it will hit the streaming service sometime in 2019.
3. What’s the story?
Now that we know!
Here’s the official logline for the revival: 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.
4. Some new residents are coming to town
Patton Oswalt has signed on to recur as new character Penn Epner. Penn 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.
Oswalt joins fellow newcomers Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Dawnn Lewis. Howell-Baptiste will play Nicole, the owner of a Neptune nightclub popular with spring breakers. When the spring breakers start turning up dead, though, Veronica suspects that the killer is using the club as a source of fresh victims. Lewis will take on the part of Marcia Langdon, the new police chief (since Neptune has incorporated).
5. If you didn’t watch the original series, Hulu’s got you
As part of the revival deal, Hulu has the streaming rights to all past episodes of the original “Veronica Mars,” including the 2014 feature film.
Bell starred as the titular spy character on the series, which followed a California teen sleuth and student who led a second life as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father (Colantoni). “Veronica Mars” debuted in 2004 and ran for two seasons on UPN before jumping to The CW for one season before getting canceled. The follow-up movie was made in 2014, thanks to Kickstarter.
6. How those follow-up books — and the movie — play into all this
After the flick, Thomas wrote two “Mars” novels: “The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line” and “Mr. Kiss and Tell.” Though the plot for the revival is very similar to “Tan Line,” Thomas clarified on Twitter last month that it’s not exactly the story we’ll follow in the revival.
“Like THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE, the mini-series will be set against a Spring Break backdrop, but TDTL is NOT the story we’re telling,” Thomas wrote. “We’re five years after the movie. Books are 98% canon. Pony is included. Marcia Langdon is police chief. Spoiler: Neptune finally incorporated.”
Like THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE, the mini-series will be set against a Spring Break backdrop, but TDTL is NOT the story we're telling. We're five years after the movie. Books are 98% canon. Pony is included. Marcia Langdon is police chief. Spoiler: Neptune finally incorporated.
— Rob Thomas (@RobThomas) September 20, 2018
7. Things get dark
“It’s gonna be a much darker world,” Bell said when she appeared on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio last month. “It’s going to be a bigger world. It’s definitely not going to be 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 and definitely a little bit different.”
8. This also might not be the last we see of Ms. Mars
In the same interview with EW, the “Good Place” star said she’d be down to play her on-screen alter ego again and again “until literally everyone in Neptune is dead.”