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- In September, Hulu announced that it would be producing a fourth season of “Veronica Mars,” starring Kristen Bell and executive-produced by Rob Thomas.
- The season, which is set to debut Friday, July 26, takes place after the 2014 “Veronica Mars” movie.
- In addition to Bell, Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Francis Capra (Eli “Weevil” Navarro), and Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) will return for the revival.
- The plot will be loosely based off of “The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line,” the first in a “Veronica Mars” book series written by Thomas.
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Last September, Marshmallows rejoiced when actress Kristen Bell shared that Hulu is reviving “Veronica Mars.”
The series, which aired in 2004 on the now-defunct UPN, followed Veronica Mars (Bell), a teenage private investigator who uses savvy and smarts to solve crimes throughout her high school as well as her class-divided hometown of Neptune, California.
BREAKING NEWS out of Mars Investigations! 🙂 A new #VeronicaMars series is comin atcha via @hulu. Thank you to all the marshmallows for staying excited and to @Hulu for giving Veronica a chance to wear her big girl pants. I hope we’re still friends after I taser you. pic.twitter.com/z2EufrjMpX
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) September 20, 2018
For years after the show’s cancellation in 2007, fans begged creator Rob Thomas to bring the show back, whether it was as a web series or a movie. He and Bell granted their wish in 2013 by launching a Kickstarter to fund a film version of the beloved series. Fans managed to raise the required $2 million in 12 hours, allowing Thomas and Co. to bring the TV show to the big screen in 2014.
So it only makes sense that Hulu would want to take advantage of the fandom and bring the series back, even if just for a limited time.
As more information rolls in, we’re taking a closer look at everything we know about the upcoming “Veronica Mars” revival. Here’s what Marshmallows can expect when the show returns.
Several familiar faces will return to the series, as well as some new, but well-known names
Bell, who’s reprising her role as the snarky (but closeted softy) Veronica Mars, will be joined by several former cast members. According to The Hollywood Reporter, series regulars Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Francis Capra (Eli “Weevil” Navarro), Leo D’Amato (Max Greenfield), and Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) will all appear on the Hulu revival. David Starzyk and Ryan Hansen will also be reprising their roles as Richard Casablancas Sr. and Jr., respectively.
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Most recently, TheWrap confirmed that Ken Mariano would return to “Veronica Mars” as a rival private investigator, Vincent “Vinnie” Van Lowe.
In addition to the returning cast members, several new actors and actresses will be joining the Hulu revival. Deadline reported that J.K. Simmons and “American Vandal’s” Tyler Alvarez will have recurring roles on the revival. Entertainment Weekly reported that Patton Oswalt would be playing “best pizza delivery guy in Neptune” Penn Epner, while Killing Eve’s Kirby Howell-Baptiste would take on the role of a Neptune nightclub operator named Nicole.
Oswalt and Howell-Baptiste will be joined by other newcomers Dawnn Lewis, Izabela Vidovic, and Clifton Collins Jr. These three, and other cast members were featured in a photo Thomas shared of the first table read.
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
The mystery format will be more like the movie than the TV show
For its first two years, the plot of “Veronica Mars” centered around a season-long mystery, with a mini-mystery featured on each episode. Things changed on the third season, with creators trading in the season-long mystery for three medium mysteries. The movie focused on one feature-length mystery.
On Twitter, Thomas confirmed that the Hulu revival would also focus on “one big case. eight episodes to tell the story.”
I will say this: the movie was nostalgic. The Hulu limited series isn't going to be. Hardcore So-Cal noir. One big case. Eight episodes to tell the story. This is a detective show.
— Rob Thomas (@RobThomas) September 20, 2018
The plot will be loosely based off of a ‘Veronica Mars’ book
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the season four case revolves around the murder of multiple spring breakers. One of the victims’ families hires Mars Investigation to look into the case more closely. The teaser released by Hulu in early May 2019 confirmed that the new season will focus on Veronica getting to the bottom of a series of bombings, which she thinks “are part of a campaign to destroy Neptune as spring break destination.”
This plot is very similar to that of “The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line,” the first in a “Veronica Mars” book series written by Thomas. He stresses, however, that the show will not be identical to the book.
The premiere date for this summer has been announced
“Veronica Mars” will premiere on Hulu on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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In addition to airing the revival, Hulu has also acquired the rights to the previous three seasons of “Veronica Mars,” INSIDER previously reported. These seasons will become available in summer 2019.
A second revival season isn’t completely out of the question
Yes, fans are already asking for another season. And they’ll be happy to hear that it could happen.
In an interview with TheWrap, Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals, Craig Erwich, said the eight-episode season will have “a proper, satisfactory narrative ending,” but if Thomas and “the creative come together for season two and should people like it as much as we like it,” then a second revival season is possible.
Leah Rocketto contributed to an earlier version of this article.