Monster High dolls circa 2016 | Source: Mattel/The Toy Book

The famed students of Monster High are stepping into live-action as the spooktacular franchise heads toward a full-scale relaunch next year.

Mattel and Nickelodeon have begun production on the first-ever live-action musical based on the Monster High franchise. Cameras will roll later this month in Vancouver, BC, Canada as the production moves toward a TV premiere next year on Nickelodeon.

Monster High (working title) is directed and executive produced by Todd Holland (The Real O’Neals, Malcolm in the Middle, Firehouse Dog) from a story by Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6: The Series, Rugrats) and Greg Erb and Jason Oremland (Princess and the Frog, Playmobil: The Movie). Jaffe worked with Billy Eddy and Matt Eddy (Zapped, Teen Beach Movie) to pen the script.

The film follows Clawdeen Wolf, who was born half human and half werewolf, after she arrives at her new school, Monster High. She quickly makes friends with her classmates Frankie Stein and Draculaura, and for the first time in her life, Clawdeen feels like she has finally found a place where she fits in and can truly be herself, despite keeping her human half a secret. When a devious plan to destroy Monster High threatens to reveal her real identity, Clawdeen must learn to embrace her true monster heart and find a way to save the day.

As part of the overall Monster High franchise relaunch, the live-action musical will be accompanied by a new animated series from Mattel Television.

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The ensemble cast of the Monster High musical includes Miia Harris (Just Beyond) as Clawdeen Wolf; Ceci Balagot (Dispatches from Elsewhere) as Frankie Stein; Nayah Damasen (Grey’s Anatomy) as Draculaura; Case Walker (The Other Two) as Deuce Gorgon; Kyle Selig (Mean Girls on Broadway) as Mr. Komos; Marci T. House (Day of the Dead) as Headmistress Bloodgood; Scotch Ellis Loring (Firehouse Dog) as Clawdeen’s dad, Apollo; Steve Valentine (Mom) as Draculaura’s dad, Dracula; Jy Prishkulnik (Just Beyond) as Cleo de Nile; Lina Lecompte (Death Pursuit) as Lagoona Blue; Justin Derickson (When the Streetlights Go On) as Heath Burns; Lilah Fitzgerald (Honey Girls) as Ghoulia; and Nasiv Sall (Descendants 2) as Abbey Bominable.

Mattel’s Adam Bonnett (Descendants franchise, Masters of the Universe: Revelation) serves as executive producer on the film while Fred Soulie, senior vice president and general manager of Mattel Television and Phil Breman, vice president of live-action development, are overseeing the movie for Mattel and serve as executive producers.

Zack Olin and Shauna Phelan, co-heads of Nickelodeon and Awesomeness live-action are overseeing production for Nickelodeon along with executives Linda Halder, Jessica Brown, Yolanda T. Cochran, and Jules Kovisars.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.