The cast of Darby and the Dead: Darby and the Dead is an American supernatural teen comedy film directed by Silas Howard and written by Wenonah Wilms and Becca Greene and starring Auli’i Cravalho, Chosen Jacobs, Asher Angel, Wayne Knight, Derek Luke and Tony Danza.
The film’s announcement came in October 2021 under the working title Darby Harper Wants You to Know and production kicked off in February 2022 in South Africa. On December 2, 2022, 20th Century Fox released the film exclusively on Hulu. There was some praise and some criticism for it.
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Who are the main star cast in darby and the Dead?
On Friday, December 1st Hulu debuted the first episode of the teen ghost comedy. The film follows Darby Harper, a junior in high school who has the ability to communicate with the dead. Darby is a bit of a misanthrope who prefers to spend her time alone with the dead she counsels and helps pass on.
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Fans of Nickelodeon and Disney will recognize both the main character and Capri. Riele Downs who is best known as Charlotte Page on the superhero comedy series Henry Danger plays Darby. Auli’i Cravalho who rose to fame after lending her voice to Disney’s smash hit Moana, plays Capri, the head cheerleader.
How many other people are a part of Darby and the Dead? The entire cast is listed below.
Riele Downs as Darby Harper
The disappointing Darby and the Dead already engage in a double deception in one of the first lines spoken by the film’s protagonist, Riele Downs: “I see dead people….everywhere.” The first is that it gives a hint as to how it will riff on a film like The Sixth Sense by adding something to the end of the iconic line a young Haley Joel Osment said more than two decades ago.
It’s an old joke that the target audience might not get and it turns out to be just the beginning of the film’s meta-jokes. The second is that the incorporation of the word everywhere into the phrase makes it clear that the dead will play a significant role in what happens next.
This is shown at the beginning, where we see a young Darby Harper (Downs) rapidly develop her ability to communicate with the souls of the recently deceased. Darby and the Dead should have started into that other story we didn’t get to.
Auli’i Cravalho as Capri
Darby Harper, the protagonist of Darby and the Dead has the ability to communicate with the dead after experiencing a near-death event as a child. Capri, the leader of the school’s most elite social group, tragically passes away in a hair-straightening accident forcing the cancellation of her upcoming “Sweet 17.”
However, Capri begs Darby to step in and convince Capri’s friends to keep the party going from the other side. Darby must come out of her self-imposed exile and reinvent herself to appease the undead diva, but in doing so, she discovers new joy in the world of the living.
Chosen Jacobs as Alex
Select Jacobs, I say yes! Playing Alex, who is allowed to be completely himself was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He accepts himself as if he is a human being having a human experience and nothing more. He actively engages in maximum effort. Never having been a mascot before, he did what any self-respecting newbie would do.
He researched the most successful mascots around the world and vowed to improve upon their designs. That’s something I feel our society could use more of. It’s acceptable to be mediocre. Try your best; failure is not fatal. As long as you are being genuine doing things that are out of the ordinary is fine. A happier atmosphere resulted, and he generally just seems more upbeat and optimistic.
Asher Angel as James
James, Capri’s boyfriend is played by Asher Angel who becomes close with Darby after the death of his girlfriend. At the same time, Chosen Jacobs portrays Darby’s new love interest and school mascot, Alex. Although Angel has appeared in films like Shazam! and Driven to Dance, he is best known for his role as Jonah Beck on the Disney Channel series Andi Mack.
Jacobs has recently been seen in Sneakerella, a modern take on the Cinderella story, and in the eight-part podcast series Black Box. In an exclusive interview stars Asher Angel and Chosen Jacobs discuss some of their favorite moments from behind the scenes and how they managed to keep the film’s comedic tone while dealing with the serious subject of grief.
Wayne Knight as Mel
Actor Wayne Elliot Knight was born in the United States on August 7, 1955. On TV, he was seen as Newman for ten seasons on Seinfeld and as Officer Don Orville in 3rd Rock from the Sun. In addition to Baron Von Sheldgoose in Legend of the Three Caballeros, he voiced Igor in Toonsylvania, Mr. Blik in Catscratch and other characters.
He was nominated for a Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dennis Nedry in the 1993 film Jurassic Park. He has also voiced Tantor in Tarzan, Al McWhiggin in Toy Story 2, and The Elf Elder in Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon and has appeared as Pete “Piccolo” Dugan in Dead Again, John Correli in Basic Instinct, Stan Podolak in Space Jam and Zach Mallozzi in Rat Race.
Derek Luke as Ben
Derek Nathanial Luke is an American actor who was born on April 24, 1974. Antwone Fisher directed by Denzel Washington and produced by Washington himself marked his film debut and earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. In addition to his role as Kevin Porter on Netflix’s original series. Luke is well known for his portrayals of Boobie Miles in Friday Night Lights (2004), Bobby Joe Hill in Glory Road (2006), Joshua Hardaway in Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Gabe Jones in Captain America: The First Avenger, William Wright in Baggage Claim and more.
In Jersey City, New Jersey, Luke was born to pianist mother Marjorie Dixon and actor father Maurice Luke. His dad is a Guyanese native. Initially, he went to Henry Snyder High School but he ultimately ended up at Linden High School.
Tony Danza as Gary
American actor Tony Danza was born Anthony Salvatore Iadanza on April 21, 1951. He received nominations for an Emmy and four Golden Globes for his roles in the TV series Taxi and Who’s the Boss? Winner of the 1998 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series for his work on the 1997 sitcom The Tony Danza Show not to be confused with his 2004–2006 daytime variety talk show of the same name. The Hollywood Knights, Going Ape!, Angels in the Outfield, Crash and Don Jon are just a few of the films in which he has appeared.
Nicole Maines as Piper
Piper (Nicole Maines) is one of Capri Donahue’s friends/minions in the film which is available to watch right now on Hulu. After Capri’s untimely death at school, her friends who Maines revealed to TheWrap went by the name “Brandz” grieve openly. Piper, however, displays her sadness more dramatically than anyone else. The local news reports that Piper, who is wearing a black veil and crying as she remembers her friend, Capri; that Capri was actually a Scorpio despite the fact that her full name was Capricorn.
In any case, Maines did make an effort to reframe how he recalled the individual. She claims that in one take she very obviously referenced Auli’i Cravalho’s most well-known role.
Kylie Liya Page as Taylor
The Chinese-American actor, singer and dancer Kylie Liya Page was born in New York City. She has a background in both music and theatre having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
Genneya Walton as Bree
United States-born actress Genneya Walton was born on February 22, 1999. The roles of Bryden Bandweth in Project Mc2 and Chloe Barris in BlackAF brought her fame. The Windy City is where Genneya Walton’s life began. At age 7, she began her professional dancing career. She joined the cast of BlackAF, starring alongside Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones, on Netflix in 2019 as Chloe Barris.
Milan Maphike as 7-Year-Old Darby
Darby and the Dead (Original title: Darby Harper Wants You to Know) directed by Silas Howard and written by Becca Greene catapulted American actress Milan Maphike into the spotlight with her portrayal of Darby. Milan Maphike is a native Angeleno who was born in 2015. The 7-year-old Milan Maphike in 2022.
Danica Jones as Coach Paula
The roles of Soweto in the film Asinamali, Coach Paula in Darby and the Dead and Mia in Things You Can Say to a Stranger catapulted Danica Jones to fame as a South African actress, model and dancer. Her first film appearance was released in 2017. Danica Jones who was born on October 11, 1992, in Johannesburg, South Africa is a well-known race car driver. Danica Jones will have turned 30 in 2022.
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