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Nancy Drew Reboot Is ‘Mean Girls’ Plus a Smart Thriller For Our Daughters

This could have been terrible, but it looks great.

Rebooting beloved characters from children’s literature for mainstream Hollywood movies is sort of like if you have a house with a septic tank: its gross, but there’s not much we can do about it. Which is why, if you heard that there’s a new movie version of Nancy Drew and that she now rides a skateboard, you might start rolling your eyes. But, the new trailer for the forthcoming movie version of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase actually looks great. And those of us with daughters can breathe a sigh of relief.

Last week, The Ellen Show debuted the new trailer, which is partly because Ellen DeGeneres is a producer on the film. Directed by Katt Shea (who directed the 1992 thriller Poison Ivy) the new Nancy Drew feels like what would happen if Mean Girls was mashed-up with a clean-cut thriller for tweens. My daughter isn’t even two-years-old-yet, but when she’s old enough, I’m glad to know a movie like this exists. Little girls reach for Nancy Drew books at their local library all the time with good reason. In terms of “classic” female detectives, she’s easily the most famous. But, often what one finds in the pages of those books can seem a little outdated. Though the mysteries are almost always compelling and well-crafted, the fact that the books were first published in the 1930s can occasionally alienate younger readers.

But, because this new version of Nancy Drew (Sophia Lillis, famous for the new It) acts like a real contemporary young girl, we could finally have a big-screen version of this detective that our daughter can root for. I’m not saying Sophia Lillis will do for Nancy Drew what Benedict Cumberbatch did for Sherlock Holmes, but maybe? The movie looks fun, fresh, and best of all, a little scary. Kids love mysteries, and little girls need heroes who solve them. Bring on the new Nancy Drew!

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