'Veronica Mars' Premiere: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring Hit Hollywood
1:32 PM PDT 3/13/2014 by Kimberly Nordyke
Creator-writer-director Rob Thomas along with his stars -- including Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino and newcomer Jerry O'Connell -- walked the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday night.
Star Kristen Bell says the response to the movie has been especially heartening. "I feel an overwhelming amount of joy," said Bell, clad in a strapless pastel-pink J. Mendel gown. "As an artist, all you want is for people to enjoy the work you do and to have this amount of excitement is the best feeling in the world."
Jason Dohring, who plays Veronica's love interest Logan Echolls, said he jumped at the chance to play the character once again. "This is probably the best character I've ever played," he told THR. "I got to be a bad boy when we started off [the series], and one day [the writers] told us, 'In episode six or so, you guys are going to wind up together.' And we were like, 'No f---ing way.' I got to play this love story and be a bad boy; to get to go back into that role was great."
Kristen Bell and Ryan Hansen
RyanHansen, who plays Dick Casablancas, is set to star in a digital spinoff of the series that was greenlighted by the CW in January. In the web series, he plays a version of himself. "It's me trying to get a spinoff with Dick, and all the [cast] will be in it," including KristenBell, he told THR.
Enrico Colantoni, who plays Veronica's dad, Keith Mars, said he feels like the movie offers a level of closure for fans who were upset that the series ended abruptly and with no resolution. "The only expectation we had was to give the backers value for their dollar, and I think it will," he told THR. "As a fan of television and knowing when a TV show ends prematurely, it leaves such a vacancy inside your heart."
Rob Thomas and Katie Orr
Rob Thomas, who walked the red carpet with his wife, told THR of the possibility of a sequel: "If movie does well -- it's not the most expensive movie in world -- I think Kristen would love to do it, I would love to do it. Fingers crossed the movie warrants one."
Veronica Mars newcomer Jerry O'Connell plays Sheriff Dan Lamb, brother of the late ex-Sheriff Don Lamb. "It was a really cool vibe on set," O'Connell told THR. "All of my jobs have been for the man, and this wasn't the case." As an example, O'Connell said he was chatting with some people one day on set, but he wasn't quite sure what their jobs were. "I told them, 'You seem like really cool, creative types,' and I found out they were backers," he said.
The actress reprised her role as Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie for the movie.
Veronica (KristenBell) is dating Stosh "Piz" Piznarski (ChrisLowell) and living in New York when the movie starts.
Percy Daggs III
Veronica (KristenBell) reunites with her old friends Mac (Tina Majorino) and Wallace (Percy Daggs III) after she returns to Neptune, Calif.
Ryan Hansen reprises his role as Dick Casablancas.
The Parenthood actor -- who is married to Kristen Bell -- has a cameo in the VeronicaMars movie.
Joey Lauren Adams
The actress guest-starred as a teacher on the VeronicaMars series, which aired from 2004-07 on UPN/CW.
The actress plays mean girl Madison Sinclair.
Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna
Harry Hamlin and LisaRinna portrayed the parents of Logan Echolls (JasonDohring) in the TV series.