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Darby And The Dead’ Premiere Date: Riele Downs & Auli’i Cravalho Lead Supernatural Teen Comedy From 20th, Footprint Features

20th Century Studios has announced that its supernatural teen comedy Darby and the Dead, starring Riele Downs (Henry Danger), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and more, will stream exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories on December 2nd, 2022.

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The Film Formerly Titled Darby Harper Wants You To Know Is About A High School Student Who Moonlights As A Spiritual Messenger.

After suffering a near-death experience as a young girl, Darby Harper (Downs) gains the ability to see dead people.

As a result, she becomes introverted and shut off from her high school peers and prefers to spend time counseling lonely spirits who have unfinished business on earth.

But all that changes when Capri (Cravalho), the Queen Bee of the school’s most exclusive clique, unexpectedly dies in a freak hair straightening accident, resulting in the obvious cancellation of her upcoming “Sweet 17.”

Capri, however, pleads with Darby from the other side to intervene and convince Capri’s friends to proceed with the party as planned. In order to appease the wrath of the undead diva, Darby must emerge from her self-imposed exile and reinvent herself — which along the way allows her to find new joy back in the land of the living.

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Cast And Crew

Also starring Chosen Jacobs (It), Asher Angel (Shazam!), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), Derek Luke (13 Reasons Why) and Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss?), Darby and the Dead was directed by Emmy nominee Silas Howard (Dickinson). Becca Greene (Good Vibes) wrote the script, which was based on a story by Wenonah Wilms (Fem 101).

Footprint Features’ Adam Saunders (When We First Met) and Eddie Rubin (Blue Bayou) produced, with Michele Weisler (The Kissing Booth) and Mac Hendrickson serving as executive producers.

Darby and the Dead is directed by Silas Howard. In addition to Downs and Cravalho, the film also stars Chosen Jacobs, Asher Angel, Wayne Knight, Derek Luke, and the legendary Tony Danza.

The screenplay for the film was written by Becca Greene, who previously worked on Good Vibes. It is based on a story by Wenonah Wilms who previously worked on Fem 101. The film is produced by Adam Saunders, Eddie Rubin. Michele Weisler and Mac Hendrickson serve as executive producers on the film.


Follows Darby Harper, who after suffering a near-death experience as a child is granted the ability to see ghosts. To combat the existential boredom of high school, she runs a side business counseling local spirits in her spare time. When an unexpected occurrence happens between Darby and Capri, the most popular girl at her high school, Darby reluctantly agrees to help her and in the process learns how to fit in with the living world again.

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Fact To Know

Storm Reid was originally cast as Darby, and was also supposed to produce the movie. She ended up dropping out due to a scheduling conflict, and was replaced by Riele Downs.

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