Matthew Lillard Says Not Being Cast as Shaggy in New 'Scooby Doo' Movie Is a 'Bummer' | 22 Words

Scooby-Doo is a franchise that we all know and love. It's helped to shape children's lives since it was first created in 1969, and the cartoon has undergone several different phases with a whole host of different people voicing the show's main characters, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and, of course, Scooby. The gang was famously brought to life in 2002 when the beloved franchise got the live-action treatment - which proved to be equally as successful as its cartoon predecessors.

Now, the detective gang is returning to the big screen once again, this time in animated form. The movie Scoob! has just launched with online rental. But one person who isn't so pleased? Original Shaggy, Matthew Lillard. He did not hold back!

The Mystery Inc. team are household names.

You know who they are... Fred is the leader of the group; Daphne knows karate (but is often kidnapped); Velma is the intelligent one (you can tell because she wears glasses), and Shaggy is usually scared... and hungry (us too).

Shaggy and Scooby usually run away from danger, while the others try to solve the mysteries.

We'd be with Shaggy and Scooby, we think!

"I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids."

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Although the show has been running for nearly half a century, the storyline does not tend to diverge much from the original formula. And that's what makes it so great!

The team stumbles across a mystery, which usually looks somewhat supernatural.

They follow clues until they realize that it is actually a regular person trying to pull some sort of hoax.

That's when they unmask them and hand them over to the authorities.

Then the bad guy mumbles one of our favorite phrases in TV history!

Scooby-Doo comes from the world of Hanna-Barbera.

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William Hanna and Joseph Barbera created many cartoons, starting way back in the fifties.

They were the brains behind Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, The Yogi Bear Show, The Smurfs, Wacky Races, and of course, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You

Now that it has become a member of the Warner Bros family, it has been decided that the gang should make a return to our screens.

Scooby-Doo has found himself on the big screen before.

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In 2002, a live-action movie was made starring Freddie Prinze Jr as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Linda Cardellini as Velma, and Matthew Lillard as Shaggy.

There was originally supposed to be 3 movies, but the 2004 sequel didn't do so great.

There were 2 more movies released in 2009 and 2010, but these were released as TV movies rather than big-screen productions. This new movie looks like it's shaping up to be far better already!

Did anyone used to watch Wacky Races ?

The movie is bringing in some characters from our other favorite franchises, too!

The main villain in this movie will be Dick Dastardly, the notorious cheat in Wacky Races! 

Who do you think would win in a head-to-head between Scooby and Muttley?

The cast of the new Scoob movie looks incredible.

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Gina Rodriguez, who is the star of the hit CW show Jane the Virgin, will be taking on the role of clever-clogs, Velma. Meanwhile Will Forte, who was on Saturday Night Live for a decade, will be the voice of Shaggy. He's done a lot of cartoon voices before, including the Lego movies and the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies.

Some of the cast have worked together before.

Tracy Morgan will be playing Captain Caveman, who is another character from Hanna-Barbera. He was a character in Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, in which a caveman thaws and solves mysteries in the present day. Tracy Morgan has also been on SNL, 30 Rock, and even starred in The Clapper, alongside Amanda Seyfried.

Amanda Seyfried was first known for her role in Mean Girls.

In 2004, when Seyfried was still a teenager, she landed the role of Karen in Tina Fey's Mean Girls. Acting alongside Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan as the "stupid one", this was Seyfried's first movie, but it was definitely not her last.

Seyfried showed her musical side!

Seyfried got the role of Sophie in the ABBA extravaganza that is Mamma Mia!, which grossed over six-hundred million dollars worldwide. She reprised the role a decade later in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Alongside many other movies, she also played Cosette in the Academy Award-nominated, Les Misérables.

Now, she'll be starring as Daphne in Scoob. Hopefully, as this movie will probably be an updated version of the "Scooby" world, Daphne will be less of a damsel-in-distress, and the movie will, instead, focus more on her strengths.

She's not the only one with a musical background.

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Zac Efron will be taking on the role of their peppy leader, Fred. He first came to fame through the beloved Disney movie, High School Musical.

He has since also shown off his musical skills in both Hairspray and Greatest Showman.

Will this Scooby-Doo re-make be turning into a musical, or is it just a coincidence?

Efron has been in a lot of light-hearted comedies.

It took a while for people to stop seeing Efron as another squeaky-clean Disney kid, but he has increasingly been in roles wherein he's been able to laugh at himself (and we've been laughing along with him!). His role in the two Bad Neighbours movies definitely helped him to cross-over into a different genre. And his role in Baywatch proved that his good looks didn't wane away when he stopped playing teen-heartthrob, Troy Bolton in 2008.

Efron has made it to Sundance Film Festival, too!

In a bit of a departure from his usual, light-hearted movies, Efron took on the role of the notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy, in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. People have been very impressed with Efron's performance, but the main thing that's got people talking is his hair!

Will Efron and Seyfried will be paired as an on-screen couple?

Daphne and Fred always had a strange will-they-won't-they relationship in both the Scooby-Doo episodes and in the movies. Will they be together in this new movie? We hope so!

The trailer of the movie got people excited.

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The teaser first starts with Shaggy and Scooby settling into a movie theater with their snacks (obviously) and talking about watching the trailer for Scoob!. “Maybe it’s time we make our new movie," Scooby says to Shaggy. “Good idea Scoob, but first we need a trailer," Shaggy replies. “Oh, can you do the trailer guy voice?"

The proper trailer then follows...

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We get a taste of what's to come when the trailer properly kicks in. A young Shaggy on the beach is ready to tuck into a sandwich before a small puppy comes by and shares the second half with him. But when a cop tries to take the stray dog away, Shaggy decides to keep him as his own.

So it looks like the movie is set to be an origin story for the mystery-solving gang.

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The teaser then shows the duo becoming best friends and meeting Fred, Velma, and Daphne while out trick-or-treating for Halloween. As the rest of the trailer unfolds, we watch as Shaggy and Scooby are abducted by a mysterious aircraft while the rest of the gang attempt to solve their strange disappearance.

The movie had just dropped.

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Although thanks to the pandemic, it was done through online rental rather than a theatrical release.

But now one star has spoken out.

The original Shaggy, Matthew Lillard, has voiced his opinion on not being recast in the role ...

"I wish them well, I hope the movie does really well."

"I mean, it was a drag. And I was surprised that happened," he told Entertainment Tonight.

"And I think Hollywood's an interesting place and I’ve been around for a long time."

"Some of them are easier than others when you don’t get a job, but that one was a bummer."

"I like playing the part I like sort of having a legacy and a career that I’ve spent 30 years doing."

"So I like the fact that I was that part, and it was a bummer that it went a different way."

Yikes!

Will you be seeing Scoob!? And are you disappointed not to see Matthew Lillard back in the role? For more movie news, scroll on ...