Velma: HBO Max unveils poster for adult animated series, a prequel to Scooby-Doo

Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) provides the voice of popular cartoon character Velma Dinkley in the upcoming HBO Max series Velma, an animated show that’s intended for adult viewers. The ten episodes of Velma‘s first season are going to be released two at a time over the course of five weeks, beginning on January 12th – and with that date just a few days away, HBO Max has unveiled a poster for the show! You can take a look at that at the bottom of this article.

Developed by Charlie Grandy, Velma will tell the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. An original and humorous spin that unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.

Kaling and Grandy executive produce the show alongside Howard Klein and Sam Register. Velma is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Kaling is joined in the voice cast by Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Fred, Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) as Daphne, and Sam Richardson (Werewolves Within) as Shaggy, a.k.a. Norville. Scooby-Doo is not in their lives yet when Velma begins.

Also in the voice cast are Jane Lynch (Glee), Wanda Sykes (The Other Two), Russell Peters (Life in Pieces), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Stephen Root (Barry), Gary Cole (NCIS), Ken Leung (The Hangover), Cherry Jones (Transparent), Fortune Feimster (Kenan), Yvonne Orji (Insecure), Sarayu Blue (Never Have I Ever), Nicole Byer (Nailed It), Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Debby Ryan (Insatiable), Kulap Vilaysak (Bob’s Burgers), “Weird Al” Yankovic, NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns, and voice acting legend Frank Welker, who has voiced both Fred and Scooby-Doo in the past.

Will you be watching Velma when it reaches the HBO Max streaming service? Share your thoughts on this show by leaving a comment below. Nearly twenty years have gone by since I’ve watched anything Scooby-Doo related, but I might check out Velma at some point. I should go back and watch some classic Scooby-Doo episodes as well, because it has been way too long.

Here’s the Velma poster:

Velma HBO Max
Source: HBO Max, TV Line

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