Scott Wolf to replace Freddie Prinze Jr. in The CW’s Nancy Drew series
Following Nancy Drew‘s series order, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Party of Five alum Scott Wolf has been tapped to replace Freddie Prinze Jr. in The CW’s upcoming reboot. According to the outlet, the recasting was done due to the producers wanting to go in a different direction from the pilot.
Wolf will step into the role of Carson Drew, who is the titular teenage detective’s father. His characters is being described as a dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife.
The Nancy Drew pilot centers on 18-year-old Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) and is set in the summer after her high school graduation. She thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation. Along the way, she uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.
The series will also star Leah Lewis (Charmed) as George, Tunji Kasim (Nearly Famous) as Nick, Alvina August (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Detective Karen Hunt, Maddison Jaizani (Versailles, Into the Badlands, Tyrant) as Bess and Alex Saxon (The Fix, The Fosters, Finding Carter) as Ace.
From Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and CBS TV Studios, the Nancy Drew pilot is written and executive produced by Noga Landau, Schwartz, and Savage, and is directed by Larry Teng. Melinda Hsu Taylor also serves as executive producer.
A number of attempts to capitalize on Nancy Drew have come and gone over the years, dating all the way back to 1938 when Warner Bros. first purchased the character created by Edward Stratemeyer as a counter to his Hardy Boys series. Most recently, Warner Bros. released Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircasewith IT’s Sophia Lillis in the title role.
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