20th Century Studios has released the first trailer and poster for Darby and the Dead, a supernatural teen comedy about a high school student who moonlights as a spiritual messenger.
The movie is set to begin streaming on December 2, exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories. While it's mostly flown under the radar until now, it looks like a lot of fun, and features an impressive cast, including Riele Downs (Henry Danger), Shazam! star Asher Angel, and Moana's Auli'i Cravalho.
After suffering a near-death experience as a young girl, Darby Harper (Downs) gains the ability to see dead people. As a result, she becomes introverted and shut off from her high school peers and prefers to spend time counselling lonely spirits who have unfinished business on earth.
But all that changes when Capri (Cravalho), the Queen Bee of the school’s most exclusive clique, unexpectedly dies in a freak hair straightening accident, resulting in the obvious cancellation of her upcoming "Sweet 17." Capri, however, pleads with Darby from the other side to intervene and convince Capri’s friends to proceed with the party as planned.
In order to appease the wrath of the undead diva, Darby must emerge from her self-imposed exile and reinvent herself — which along the way allows her to find new joy back in the land of the living.
Darby and the Dead also stars Chosen Jacobs, Wayne Knight, with Derek Luke and Tony Danza. The movie is directed by Silas Howard, while the screenplay is by Becca Greene, based on a story by Wenonah Wilms. Producers are Adam Saunders and Eddie Rubin, with Michele Weisler and Mac Hendrickson serving as executive producers.
As noted, Darby and the Dead is set to be released on December 2.