Darby and the Dead is a forthcoming American teen horror comedy film directed by Silas Howard, written by Wenonah Wilms and Becca Greene, and starring Riele Downs as Darby Harper, Aulii Cravalho, Asher Angel, Chosen Jacobs, Derek Luke, Tony Danza, and Wayne Knight.
20th Century Studios produced the film, which began filming in South Africa in February 2022. 20th Century Fox is scheduled to release it on Hulu on December 2, 2022.
The official trailer for 20th Century Studios’ supernatural teen comedy “Darby and the Dead,” starring Riele Downs and Auli’i Cravalho, has been published.
Darby Harper (Downs) develops the power to see dead people after having a near-death experience as a young child. She becomes more introverted and spends her time counseling lonely spirits who have unfinished business on Earth.
Capri (Cravalho), the Queen Bee of the school’s most exclusive clique, dies abruptly in a strange hair straightening accident just before her ‘Sweet 17’. Capri begs Darby on the other side to intervene and persuade Capri’s pals to go ahead with the party as planned.
Darby must so escape from her self-imposed exile and recreate herself, allowing her to find new joy in the realm of the living along the way.
Starring in the film is Riele Downs, Auli’i Cravalho, Chosen Jacobs, Asher Angel, Wayne Knight, Derek Luke, and Tony Danza. Silas Howard directs from a script by Becca Greene based on Wenonah Wilms’ narrative.2
In October 2021, it was revealed that 20th Century Studios had bought the spec script Darby Harper Wants You to Know by Wenonah Wilms and Becca Greene. The film was originally slated to be directed by Silas Howard, and Storm Reid was cast in the lead role.
Reid and Robyn Simpson were also slated to serve as executive producers for the film through their production firm, A Seed & Wings. Before its premiere in September or October 2022, the picture was titled Darby and the Dead.
By February 2022, Riele Downs, Aulii Cravalho, Asher Angel, Chosen Jacobs, and Derek Luke had joined the cast of the film, with Downs replacing Reid owing to schedule issues. Genneya Walton and Tony Danza joined the picture in the same month as production began. Filming occurred in South Africa. Wayne Knight and Nicole Maines joined the cast in March 2022.