First look at Mindy Kaling as Velma in new trailer
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A teaser trailer has dropped for HBO Max’s new Scooby Doo series Velma, showing Mindy Kaling in action as the titular hero for the first time.
A synopsis from HBO Max says: “Velma is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and under appreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang.
"This original and humorous spin unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.”
In the teaser, we see Velma in her home writing a letter to HBO Max about a new Judy Jetson series, saying out loud: “Dear HBO Max. I just learned you intend to make a genre-bending comedic origin story of Judy Jetson.
“When I heard this new version of Judy Jetson wouldn't be ‘boy crazy’ the only word I had to describe my disgust is ‘Jinkies’.
“If there's one thing the Internet agrees on, it's that you should never change anything ever! I hope you die! Sincerely, Velma."
As she paces around her house, someone can be seen outside at her mailbox, scratching throgh her name with a knife.
As Velma signs off her message, the camera cuts to her for our first look of the Mystery Inc. Genius, as she sighs: “Well, at least Judy's still white.”
Kaling had previously responded to the backlash she faced after being announced as the star of the show, saying on Late Night With Seth Meyers that people were 'not happy' when it was confirmed Velma would be reimagined as a South Asian character.
An unknown number then calls her, asking if she likes solving mysteries.
“Uh, yeah, but actually I'm much more three-dimensional than that,” Velma replies, asking who she’s speaking to.
The caller tells her that’s the ‘mystery’ warning her to solve it quick as they’re in her house.
Velma continues: “A serial killer calling from inside my house? Yes! That's a classic! And that's my point. Why change anything when the classics all still work, right?”
As the problem dawns on her, she adds: “Wait, you're inside my house?”
Along with the announcement of a 2023 release date, HBO Max has also revealed more voice cast members for the show, including Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Weird Al Yankovic, Russell Peters, Melissa Fumero, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, Ming-Na Wen, Ken Leung, Cherry Jones, Frank Welker, Fortune Feimster, Yvonne Orji, Sarayu Blue, Nicole Byer, Shay Mitchell, Debby Ryan, Kulap Vilaysak and NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns.
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