Everyone’s favorite teen sleuth is back, and she’s making her way to the big screen. Warner Bros. just released the first trailer for their upcoming film Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, a 21st-century reimagining of the second book in the beloved mystery series. The two minute clip shows a modernized Nancy with ripped jeans, a skateboard, and a cellphone—but she’s still the same strong female protagonist that has inspired generations of young women.
Sophia Lillis (It, Peaky Blinders) stars as the cheeky title character, who’s looking for some excitement in her new “nowhere town.” But Nancy gets more than she bargained for when she finds herself entangled in a mystery involving a sibling rivalry and a haunted house with dark secrets in its walls…
Produced by Ellen Degeneres, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is the latest addition to a popular franchise that was first created in 1930. The character was originally imagined as a female counterpart to the Hardy Boys, although no one ever imagined that a book about a teen girl detective would enjoy the same success. Thankfully, they were wrong—the series went on to sell over 80 million copies and spawn numerous movies and spin-offs.
Since her Depression-era debut, the strawberry blonde heroine has amassed nearly 90 years of history. She’s evolved throughout the ages, molded and remolded by multiple ghostwriters who all operate under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. For readers interested in the true story behind Nancy Drew’s surprising origins and cultural significance, Melanie Rehak’s Girl Sleuth is a fun, in-depth look at the iconic character.
Judging from the trailer, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase looks like it’ll deliver a promising reboot of the beloved feminine icon. Catch the film when it hit theaters on March 15, 2019.
Read the original novel and learn more about Nancy Drew before you watch the movie!
Featured still from "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase" (2019), via Warner Bros.