Nancy Drew Is Here to Solve All Your Mysteries in the Trailer for Her New Movie

Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew.
Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew.
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Nancy Drew is cool. The heroine is at the core of a legacy of girl-centered detective stories, whether in novels, games, or other media, and they’re incredibly fun. Who doesn’t like to solve mysteries?


Courtesy of The Ellen Show, here’s the trailer for the newest entry in the Drewniverse (do people call it that? I’ma call it that.), Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. The movie, starring Sophia Lillis as Nancy, is produced by Ellen Degeneres, and follows the young heroine doing normal teen things, y’know, like making new friends, learning how to drive, risking mortal danger while solving mysteries. Average growing up stuff.

Does this movie look cheesy? Oh, yeah. Do I wish Nancy Drew could get a bigger budget film to do the character’s legacy justice? Naturally. Am I here for this? So much so.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase hits theaters March 15th.

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I read many Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries in long gone days. I even remember the TV shows that did a fair job of the characters, though I recall them looking more young-20's than late-teens. It was great, even back then, that Nancy Drew was presented as an equal in every way. Again, going by my impressions and recollections.

I appreciate characters and stories that can be captivating without making 3rd rail issues being central. Stories can convey positive morals and tolerance without making stories for younger readers complicated and socially charged.

I did have one reaction to the image above. I don’t see any reason why Nancy Drew needs to look like Annie made over by Molly Ringwald’s stylist. Nothing wrong with adapting the material as it was found, but her character could easily be reimagined as another ethnicity.