In 2011 MTV premiered Teen Wolf, a series loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. The series lasted six seasons and quickly became a cult phenomenon, generating positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. From the witty one-liners to the memorable characters and villains, the show was a hit.
The original show followed young Scott McCall, who is bitten by a werewolf the night before his sophomore year of high school. He quickly goes from being an anonymous, unpopular benchwarmer to being a star athlete with a new girlfriend. The only problem: his new girlfriend is from a long line of werewolf hunters, and creatures are showing up every day, endangering his friends and family.
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Throughout the series, Scott develops his pack and even turns another kid into a werewolf along the way. Now the story will continue with Teen Wolf: The Movie, hitting Paramount+ in late 2022.
Teen Wolf: The Plot
The film will take place years after the events of the last season. The official logline reads:
“In Teen Wolf The Movie, a full moon rises in Beacon Hills, and with it a terrifying evil has emerged. The wolves are howling once again, calling for the return of Banshees, Werecoyotes, Hellhounds, Kitsunes, and every other shapeshifter in the night. But only a Werewolf like Scott McCall, no longer a teenager yet still an Alpha, can gather both new allies and reunite trusted friends to fight back against what could be the most powerful and deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced.”
Teen Wolf: The Cast & Crew
The film will include much of the original Teen Wolf cast, including leading man Tyler Posey, who brought Scott McCall to life. According to Posey, via The Hollywood Reporter:
“When we pick up with him, he’s kind of a normal person — he still works at the vet and he is lonely. He deals with the reality of what it is to be an actual human.”
He is joined by original cast mates Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig, Colton Haynes, Dylan Sprayberry, Khylin Rhambo, Orny Adams, Linden Ashby, Melissa Ponzio, JR Bourne, Seth Gilliam, Ryan Kelley, and Ian Bohen. Newcomers joining are Vince Mattis playing Eli Hale, Derek Hale’s (Hoechlin) son, Amy Lin Workman as Hikari Zhang, and Nobility Nakanishi as Deputy Ishida.
Another original cast member making her way back to Beacon Hills is Allison Argent, aka Crystal Reed. Davis spoke at Comic-Con this year about the huntress’ return, stating:
“I wanted to make sure I did the character justice. Having her back was amazing. I texted Crystal, ‘We don’t really have a story yet. I mostly have ideas but I always said if I was gonna do a movie, I would bring back Allison.’ She texted back and said that she burst into tears. She was in from that moment.”
Jeff Davis, the creator of the original series, returns as the writer and executive producer of the film. He originally was asked by Paramount about a possible new season but said he didn’t think he could do another one. He soon discovered he had quite a bit of Teen Wolf material and “realized [he had written] a very long movie because [there are] 20 main characters.”
The film is directed by Russell Mulcahy, the original director of the series. Hoechlin and Posey will join Davis as producers, along with Colette S. Knight (The Best of Enemies, 2019) and Mary Przybylski (Max and Me, 2020).
The Original Teen Wolf Cast Who Won’t Return
Noticeably absent from the film are cast members Arden Cho, Cody Christian, and Dylan O’Brien. Cho declined returning after being offered significantly less money than her co-stars. She played the only woman of color in the main cast and had this to say about her refusal to return:
“Sometimes you don’t have a choice to say ‘no.’ Sometimes you just need it. You’ve got bills to pay. I wasn’t saying ‘no’ necessarily for me or because I was angry. I was saying ‘no’ because I hope that there will be more equality in the future.”
O’Brien’s failure to return to the franchise is another hit to the film. O’Brien portrayed Scott’s best friend, Stiles Stilinski, often the comic relief and voice of reason. Originally, it was believed that Cho’s lack of equal pay was why O’Brien didn’t want to return.
However, he recently discussed with Variety his decision:
“It was a difficult decision,” he told the site. “A lot went into it. The show couldn’t be more dear to me. It was the first thing I ever did and so many people there are extremely dear to me. It was something I was trying to make work but it all happened very fast. We didn’t really know that it was happening and they kind of just threw it at us a little bit, which is fine because we all love the show. Ultimately, I just decided it was left in a really good place for me and I still want to leave it there. I wish them well and I’m going to watch it the first night it comes out. I hope it kicks ass, but I’m not going to be in it.”
Teen Wolf: The Movie will release on Paramount+ in October 2022.