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.
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.