Darby and the Dead Movie (2022) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

Darby and the Dead

December 2, 2022
1hr 40min
Status: released

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Darby and the Dead Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
GenreComedy, Drama, Fantasy
Release dateDecember 2, 2022
Running time1hr 40min
Age ratingPG-13
StarringRiele Downs
Auliʻi Cravalho
Chosen Jacobs
Asher Angel
Wayne Knight
Derek Luke
Tony Danza
Directed by Silas Howard
Written byWenonah Wilms
Becca Greene
Produced byAdam Saunders
Eddie Rubin
Mac Hendrickson
Cinematography by Ante Cheng
Edited by Kate Hickey
Music byRoger Neill
Production Company20th Century Studios
Footprint Features
Distributor Hulu

Darby and the Dead Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Riele Downs as Darby Harper
    • Milan Maphike as Darby 7-year-old
    • Emily Maphike as Darby 13/14-year-old
  • Auliʻi Cravalho as Capricorn “Capri” Donahue
  • Chosen Jacobs as Alex
  • Asher Angel as James Harris
  • Wayne Knight as Mel
  • Derek Luke as Ben Harper
  • Tony Danza as Gary
  • Nicole Maines as Piper
  • Kylie Liya Page as Taylor
  • Genneya Walton as Bree
  • Dean Goldblum as Todd
  • Kim Syster as Darby’s Mom
  • Danica Jones as Coach Paula


After suffering a near-death experience as a young girl, Darby Harper (Downs) gains the ability to see dead people. As a result, she becomes introverted and shut off from her high school peers and prefers to spend time counseling lonely spirits who have unfinished business on earth. But all that changes when Capri (Cravalho), the Queen Bee of the school’s most exclusive clique, unexpectedly dies in a freak hair straightening accident, resulting in the obvious cancellation of her upcoming “Sweet 17.” Capri, however, pleads with Darby from the other side to intervene and convince Capri’s friends to proceed with the party as planned. In order to appease the wrath of the undead diva, Darby must emerge from her self-imposed exile and reinvent herself — which along the way allows her to find new joy back in the land of the living. “

About Darby and the Dead Movie:

Originally titled Darby Harper Wants You to Know, the film was announced in October 2021 and began filming in South Africa in February 2022. By September 19, 2022, filming had wrapped up, and the film was renamed to Darby and the Dead.

On November 3, 2022, a first-look image along with the film’s logo was released. The trailer was released on November 16, 2022.

Storm Reid was originally cast as Darby and was also supposed to produce the movie. She ended up dropping out due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by Riele Downs.

Darby and the Dead was released on December 2, 2022, on Hulu in the United States, and Disney+ internationally via the Star hub and Star+ in Latin America. The film received mixed reviews from critics. The film was removed from Hulu and Star on May 26, 2023.