These “Scooby Doo” the movie cast pictures will either have you high from Scooby Snacks with joy, or cringing at the sight of them. Get a load of Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and the Mystery Machine. Here are the official cast photos sent to us by the Warner Brothers Publicity machine which is quickly revving up for this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Based on these pics, we’re not sure what to think. One comment: Shaggy looks way too buff. Shouldn’t he be a wimp? Oh well. If “Scooby Doo” sucks we can only hope that “Jem,” “Smurfs” or the “Herculoids” movie is done right. For more info, here’s the official Warner Bros. press propaganda that accompanied the photos:
PRODUCTION UNDERWAY ON LIVE-ACTION â€œSCOOBY DOO,â€ STARRING FREDDIE PRINZE JR., SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR AND ROWAN ATKINSON, FOR WARNER BROS. PICTURES ^ BURBANK, CA, March 5, 2001 â€“ Zoinks! â€œScooby Dooâ€ is going live in â€™02! The first-ever live-action adaptation of the beloved and long-running animated series â€œScooby Doo,â€ starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Rowan Atkinson, began production on February 12, 2001 at the Warner Roadshow Studios in Queensland, Australia, it was announced today by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, President of Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. ^ Raja Gosnell (â€œBig Mommaâ€™s House,â€ â€œNever Been Kissed,â€) is directing the comedy, which catches up with Scooby Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang as they meddle their way into a bona fide mystery that leads them into murky and possibly supernatural waters. ^ Though Scoobyâ€™s whereabouts are currently unknown, his clever crime-solving cohorts are, as always, on the case. The gang, seen here for the first time in character: Freddie Prinze Jr. (â€œSheâ€™s All Thatâ€) as ringleader Fred; Sarah Michelle Gellar (â€œCruel Intentions,â€ TVâ€™s â€œBuffy The Vampire Slayerâ€) as Daphne; Matthew Lillard (â€œScreamâ€) as Shaggy; and Linda Cardellini (TVâ€™s â€œFreaks and Geeksâ€) as Velma. ^ The film also features international comedy star Rowan Atkinson (â€œMr. Beanâ€) as Mondavarious, the mysterious owner of Spooky Island and procurer of the Mystery Inc. groupâ€™s services. ^ â€œScooby Dooâ€ will film entirely on location in Queensland, Australia, with the support and assistance of the Queensland state governmentâ€™s Pacific Film and Television Commission. Queenslandâ€™s Minister for the Arts, Mr. Matt Foley, said that he was delighted to welcome the â€œScooby Dooâ€ cast and crew to Queensland. â€œThe production team couldnâ€™t have picked a better place to shoot this feature,â€ Mr. Foley said. â€œThe Gold Coast region of Queensland is vibrant, friendly and full of colorful characters, just like the original â€˜Scooby Dooâ€™ series. Our talented local crew and state of the art facilities will ensure that filming will be hassle free for the â€˜Scooby Dooâ€™ production, just as it has been for the countless international crews that have shot here in the past.â€ ^ Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera characters, â€œScooby Doo,â€ a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of an Atlas Entertainment production of a Raja Gosnell film, is produced by Charles Roven (â€œThree Kings,â€ â€œCity Of Angelsâ€) from a screenplay written by James Gunn (â€œThe Specialsâ€). Richard Suckle, Robert Engelman (â€œLittle Nickyâ€), Kelley Smith-Wait (â€œThree Kingsâ€), Andrew Mason (â€œRed Planetâ€) and William Hanna and Joseph Barbera are the executive producers. ^ Freddie Prinze Jr. first came to worldwide attention with his starring turn in the hit thriller â€œI Know What You Did Last Summer,â€ and he reprised his role in the sequel â€œI Still Know What You Did Last Summer.â€ ^ His previous starring roles include the romantic comedy â€œHead Over Heelsâ€ and the Miramax releases â€œBoys and Girls,â€ â€œDown to Youâ€ and â€œShe’s All That,â€ for which Prinze and his co-star Rachel Leigh Cook earned a 1999 MTV Movie Award nomination for Best On-Screen Duo. ^ Prinze made his screen debut in â€œTo Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,â€ followed by a role in the critically acclaimed ensemble drama â€œThe House of Yes.â€ ^ Sarah Michelle Gellar is known to television audiences worldwide as the eponymous star of The WB television networkâ€™s hit series â€œBuffy the Vampire Slayer.â€ A working actor since she was six years old, Gellar was discovered at the age of four while eating in a restaurant. She went on to play the role of Kendall Hart Lang on ABCâ€™s long-running daytime drama â€œAll My Childrenâ€ from 1993-95. Gellar has also guest-starred on HBOâ€™s hit series â€œSex and the City,â€ the â€œBuffyâ€ spin-off series â€œAngel,â€ and Foxâ€™s animated TV series â€œKing of the Hill.â€ ^ Gellarâ€™s feature film credits include the blockbuster horror films â€œI Know What You Did Last Summerâ€ and â€œScream 2,â€ as well as the romantic drama â€œCruel Intentions.â€ She also voiced a role in the Disney animated feature â€œHercules.â€ ^ Her upcoming film projects include â€œHarvard Manâ€ with Eric Stoltz and Joey Lauren Adams and â€œThe It Girl.â€ ^ Rowan Atkinson first appeared onscreen in 1977, in â€œMonty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe,â€ which he followed up with a three-year stint on the British television comedy â€œNot the Nine Oâ€™Clock News.â€ Atkinson went on to star in the celebrated â€œBlackadderâ€ series, including â€œBlackadder: The Cavalier Years,â€ â€œBlackadderâ€™s Christmas Carol,â€ â€œBlackadder Goes Forthâ€ and most recently, â€œBlackadder Back and Forth.â€ ^ In 1988, Atkinson starred in his own comedy special, â€œLive! From London,â€ with the â€œAbsolutely Fabulousâ€ team of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. A second special, â€œRowan Atkinson Live,â€ was released in 1992. He went on to play â€œMr. Beanâ€ on the television series of the same name, and starred in the international hit feature film â€œBeanâ€ in 1997. ^ Atkinsonâ€™s additional film roles include his memorable turn in â€œFour Weddings and a Funeral,â€ and â€œHot Shots! Part Deux.â€ He also provided the voice of Zazu in Disneyâ€™s animated blockbuster â€œThe Lion King.â€ He will next be seen in â€œRat Race.â€ ^ Matthew Lillard made a major impression on audiences with his role as the manic killer Stuart in the 1996 mega-hit â€œScream.â€ Previously, Lillard appeared opposite Kathleen Turner in the horror comedy â€œSerial Mom.â€ He went on to play roles in the critically lauded film â€œWithout Limits,â€ the comedy-drama â€œSLC Punk,â€ as well as â€œSpanish Judges,â€ â€œWing Commanderâ€ and â€œLoveâ€™s Labourâ€™s Lost.â€ ^ Lillard has several movies opening in 2001, including two films from Warner Bros. Pictures: the romantic comedy â€œSummer Catch,â€ with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Biel, and the remake of the classic 1960 horror film â€œ13 Ghosts,â€ with F. Murray Abraham. ^ Linda Cardellini is best known for her starring role in the widely acclaimed TV series â€œFreaks and Geeks.â€ She has appeared on numerous television shows, including starring roles in â€œBone Chillersâ€ and â€œGuys Like Usâ€; recurring roles on â€œPacific Palisadesâ€ and â€œBoy Meets Worldâ€; and guest spots on â€œ3rd Rock from the Sun,â€ â€œStep by Stepâ€ and â€œPromised Land.â€ She has also been seen in the telefilms â€œDying to Liveâ€ and â€œThe Lot.â€ ^ Cardelliniâ€™s work in feature films include roles in â€œDee Sniderâ€™s StrangeLandâ€ and â€œDead Man on Campus.â€ Cardellini will next be seen onscreen in â€œLegally Blondeâ€ with Reese Witherspoon and â€œSins of the Father.â€ ^ â€œScooby Dooâ€ will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.