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‘Veronica Mars’: Cast, Date Announced for Web Spinoff

This story is epic: many of the stars from the TV series and subsequent film “Veronica Mars” will be reprising their roles in the CW Seed web series “Play It Again, Dick,” which focuses on actor Ryan Hansen and his Dick Casablancas character.

Each of the cast members will play their former “Veronica Mars” character, as well as a heightened version of their real-life selves. Kristen Bell will return as a version of her private detective lead and Jason Dohring will play bad boy Logan Echolls. Enrico Colantoni will be back as Keith Mars and Percy Daggs III can be seen as Wallace, one of Veronica’s best friends and her partner. Daran Norris, Francis Capra, Chris Lowell and Ken Marino will also return.

In a feat of network synergy, Robert Buckley and Rose McIver of “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas’ midseason CW zomcom “iZombie,” will also appear.

“Play It Again, Dick” was announced in January and was created by Thomas with CW Digital is overseeing the project. “Veronica Mars” aired from 2004 to 2007 on UPN and then on the CW. A film version of the show was released in theaters this past March after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Earlier this year, Thomas said Ryan Hansen would be a central part of the project.

“The web series will have more in common with ‘Party Down’ tonally,” Thomas told Hitflix, referencing  the Starz comedy he worked on with Hansen after the “Mars” series wrapped, “but it will be about Ryan Hansen, or at least a version of Ryan Hansen, deciding to capitalize on the current ‘Veronica Mars’ heat to get his own series on the air.”

“Play It Again, Dick” will premiere Sept. 15 on the CW Seed. The series will have eight episodes.

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