ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke Teen Wolf: The Movie Stars Shelley Henning and Holland Roden discuss their return to Beacon Hills years later. The film will be available to stream on January 26th.
“In the Paramount+ film, a full moon rises in Beacon Hills, and with it comes a terrible evil,” reads the synopsis. “The wolves howl once again, calling for the return of banshees, werecoyotes, hellhounds, kitsunes and all other shapeshifters in the night. But only a werewolf like Scott McCall, no longer a teenager but still an alpha, can both gather new allies and reunite trusted friends to fight back against possibly the most powerful and deadly foe they have ever faced.”
Tyler Treese: Shelly, one of the interesting things about Teen Wolf: The Movie is that there was a time warp. What was the most interesting thing about returning as the older version of Malia?
Shelley Henning: Ooh, well, it gave me a chance to show another side of her. It gave us all this opportunity and I wasn’t sure what that would be. Then when I read the script I just felt a vulnerability and I personally felt a vulnerability. So it was fun putting that in and seeing Malia squirm a little. She’s not that up to date. I think she’s trying, but she’s a little fidgety. She’s a little fidgety. She’s a little asshole that you all left behind in Beacon Hills. There was just so much to play. It just felt very alive and I was satisfied.
Holland, it must be something special that so many of the cast came back for this film, both creatively and for the stars. How great was it to be right back there with so many familiar faces?
Holland Roden: Simply surreal. I liken it to coming back for the holidays after growing up with nine siblings. It literally feels like you’re walking back in the front door and Papa Jeff [Davis, creator of the Teen Wolf television series] bake cookies!
Jeff wrote the screenplay and Russell [Mulcahy, director of the movie] had directed 40 episodes of the TV show. I’m sure the inclusion of these key creatives had to totally close the door on any questions as to whether it would be faithful to the series because they are the main cast. How special was it to know that this movie would really build on the series and not just be a shell on its own?
Shelley Henning: Well, first of all, that’s the very security that made it so easy for us to say yes to making the film. It’s with everyone we know and love and we’ve already made a series and now that we’re making the movie out of it, it’s been a safe place. But also the reason I was so happy to be on the show was because I was able to test it out for about a week. I was very naive about the show’s success.
So for me it was about the people to stay and to be so privileged to be a part of this cast. So when you say people like Jeff and Russell, I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s why I went there.’ That’s when I found out how great the show was. We’re really proud. We’re really very proud to be a part of the show. I started season 3. Here is an OG. I can’t imagine how it feels for you. I need to reap the benefits of these nice people and I’m only here to ride.
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