Mattel’s beloved monster-inspired franchise is coming back to screens in 2022 with a brand-new cast and two new projects.
The Not-So-Scary Cast
Our favorite children of classic monsters are being brought to life by some faces you might not have seen before.
Miia Harris will play Clawdeen Wolf, the new girl at Monster High who has a secret that could destroy her reputation. This will be Harris’s second screen role, but she was recently in a stage production of Rock of Ages.
Clawdeen’s friends, Draculaura and Frankie Stein, will be played by Nayah Damasen and Ceci Balagot, respectively. Damasen has been seen in many productions, but this will be her first starring television role. Balagot played Smackle in Girl Meets World and recently was featured in Dispatches from Elsewhere.
Jy Prishkulnik, Lina Lecompte, and Lilah Fitzgerald will portray the other three central girls, Cleo de Nile, Lagoona Blue, and Ghoulia, respectively. Prishkulnik is best known for her role in Just Beyond. Lecompte will also star in next year’s Death Pursuit, and Fitzgerald is known for her role in Honey Girls.
Deuce Gorgon will be played by Case Walker from The Other Two, while Justin Derickson from When The Streetlights Go On will play Heath Burns. Abbey Bominable, another friend of the girls, will be played by Nasiv Sall, best known for her dancing in various films.
Scotch Ellis Loring (Firehouse Dog) will play Clawdeen’s father, Apollo. And Dracula, Draculaura’s adoptive father, will be portrayed by Steve Valentine from Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. Marci T. House will play Headmistress Bloodgood, and Kyle Selig will play Mr. Komos.
Other fan-favorite characters will also be in the movie, but they have yet to be announced.
Mattel Partners with Nickelodeon
Mattel’s partnered with Nickelodeon on the franchise’s second reboot with a live-action film and new animated series. In addition to Monster High, Mattel is also working on Barbie, Polly Pocket, and Masters of the Universe projects.
The TV movie musical, which was announced in February 2021, is expected to premiere sometime in 2022 on Nickelodeon.
Todd Holland is an executive producer and director of the movie. Other executive directors are Frederic Soulie and Phil Breman. Soulie is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mattel Television, and Breman is the Vice President of Live Action Development.
Other producers include Linda Halder, Jessica Brown, Yoland T. Cochran, and Jules Kovisars. Production is being overseen by Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action, Zach Olin, and Shauna Phelan.
Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6: The Series) and Billy Eddy & Matt Eddy (Zapped, Teen Beach Movie) wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Jaffe, Greg Erb, and Jason Oremland (Princess and the Frog).
What Is ‘Monster High’?
The new movie follows Clawdeen Wolf after she arrives at Monster High. She quickly befriends Frankie Stein and Draculaura and adjusts to her new life among other monsters like herself. But when plans to destroy Monster High threaten to reveal her true identity, she must learn to embrace her monster side to save the day.
This is a significant shift from the original series where Frankie was the new girl, but it will be interesting to see this take in the Monster High universe.
The franchise got its start in 2010 when Mattel unveiled a line of fashion dolls based on classic horror monsters like vampires, werewolves, and gorgons. The Monster High web series (which you can still watch on their YouTube channel) was started to promote the dolls and quickly grew.
There were thirteen movies in the franchise’s first run from 2010 to 2016. The reboot in 2016 released two films with updated character designs, a new animation style, and new origin stories. The upcoming live-action will be the first in the second reboot.
In addition to screen media, the franchise released multiple books. The first was Lisi Harrison’s (yes, the Clique author) four Monster High novels. They didn’t follow the movie’s continuity but featured the Monster High students.
The second series was the four Ghoulfriends books by Gitty Daneshvari. These books followed Venus McFlytrap, Robecca Steam, and Rochelle Goyle, students who were introduced in the films. The last five books were the Monster High Diaries by Nessi Monstrata. Each main girl had her own book following separate adventures.