The Veronica Mars Movie: Francis Capra Is Back as Weevil - Who Should Be Next?

Veronica Mars Movie Cast Francis CapraExec producer Rob Thomas promised lots of Veronica Mars movie casting news this week, and he continues to deliver: Francis Capra, aka Eli “Weevil” Navarro, will be part of the big-screen outing next year.

Thomas announced the news Monday via an email to those who funded the film via Kickstarter this spring.

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“Playing a wrong-side-of-the-tracks-kid in a town full of privileged peers, Francis found a terrific — and difficult — balance between tough and soulful,” Thomas wrote. “I couldn’t be happier that he’ll be back with us for the film.”

Capra’s character was a badass biker who often ran afoul of the law but who had a secret love for Lily Kane, the rich kid (and Veronica’s best friend) whose murder drove the Season 1 plot.

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After The CW cancelled the series in 2007, Capra appeared in episodes of Friday Night LightsThe CloserSons of Anarchy and Bones, among others dramas. He joins a cast that already includes Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III and Chris Lowell.

Christine Lakin will also be part of the project, per The Hollywood Reporter; Lakin will revive her role of Susan Knight, a student who became pregnant after an affair with her high school teacher (a pre-Parks and Recreation Adam Scott).

More returnees are likely to be announced in the very near future.

The movie version of the teen drama takes place at Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion and is eyeing a 2014 release. Shortly after the casting news broke, the actor gave all honorary PCHers out there something to ponder until opening night:

Which Veronica vet would you like to see come back next? Hit the comments with your casting wishlist!

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74 Comments
  1. Hodan says:

    Yes!!! I loved Weevil so much. I can’t wait to watch the movie.

  2. Brooke says:

    This was the news I’ve been waiting to hear! This movie would have been lacking if Weevil wasn’t back. I’m so thrilled!

  3. Adam says:

    Hopefully Mac is next!

    • Maris says:

      Yes! Mac is all I need now, I’m so happy

    • Leah says:

      Rob Thomas is supposed to be making casting announcements all this week…I am hopeful that Mac/Tina Majorino will be announced tomorrow!

    • J says:

      Tina Majorino is a pretty busy actor these days…the optimistic side of me thinks they’ll tease announcing her as long as possible. The pessimistic side says maybe she was just too booked up.

  4. Eric says:

    About time!

  5. Lauren says:

    Wooo!!!! So happy to hear this!!! Hoping the other announcements are Mac, Dick and Leo.

  6. Gilda says:

    Woooooo!

  7. em says:

    Not unexpected, but still awesome. Weevil was one of my favorite characters on the show.

  8. Kerry says:

    Yesss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Been waiting for this announcement. gonna be a great film

  9. Sparky says:

    Don’t see Dicks name yet or did I miss it????

    • jerrired says:

      Dick hasn’t been announced yet, but I’m guess he’s a for sure go, since he helped with the video that got this whole thing started. I’m just ready to hear Mac, Leo and Vinny are on board and I’m a happy camper.

      • jerrired says:

        oh yeah and I secretly hope Cassidy ‘Beaver” somehow faked his death and comes back. I know it won’t happen but no one kill my dream!

      • Josh says:

        Oh LEO…I go Leo mixed up with Lamb…I’m guessing he’ll be hardest to get because he’s filming a show…But yeah Mac and Vinny are are a must!

        • Quinn Mallory says:

          The actor who played Leo (Max Greenfield) has said that he is coming back for sure, since New Girl is also filming in LA. It’s not confirmed by Rob Thomas…yet.

        • jerrired says:

          Yeah Leo is probably the hardest to get, but I also want Lamb back! I forgot to mention him. He may be hard as well, since he’s filming a soap opera, I believe.

          • Meredith says:

            I think the fact that his character died will make it hard to bring Lamb back. Unless they include a really well-placed flashback.

          • jerrired says:

            Lamb died! Why don’t I remember this?!! Wow. Looks like I need to rewatch the show sooner than expected.

      • Rook says:

        I think Max Greenfield already confirmed that he was returning.

      • Liza180 says:

        VINNIE!!!! I sure as heck hope vinnie van lowe comes back. Ken Marino was so great in that role.

  10. ggny says:

    My hope for Weevil is that he ended up back working for Mars investigation and is now a PI with Keith

  11. mia says:

    Yes!!!!! This is just awesome!! Weevil was such a wonderful character and I loved the relationship between him and Veronica. SO so so so glad he’s returning!!!

  12. Esaul says:

    Weevil’s my favorite character. So excited for this.

  13. Cheo says:

    David Blue.

  14. Holly says:

    Is it too much to expect Mac, Duncan, Meg, Lily, Deputy Leo and Troy back in Neptune? Sure 2 of them are dead but when has that ever stopped TV?

  15. WAHOO! Excellent … Mac hopefully is next, then Dick. Everyone else is just a bonus.

  16. lorna says:

    Duncan, Dick and Vinnie Van Low!! I think Max Greenfield is already signed on, no? Not a TM fan, could care less about Mac.

  17. jenilee says:

    Mac Dick Leo and Vinny please!

  18. Mandy says:

    Hooray! No we seriously need Mac!!!!!

  19. MoshiMoshi says:

    Great news!!!!!! Waiting for Mac, Dick, Vinnie, Cliff and Deputy Leo!

  20. Belinda says:

    So so so happy to have Weevil back.

    Still holding out hope for an announcement trumpeting the return of Deputy Leo, Vinnie Van Lowe, Cliff McCormack and Desmond Fellows.

  21. Linda says:

    Leo has been confirmed

  22. Josh says:

    Weevil!!! WOoo!!!

    Now all we need is Mac and we got the gang all back together.

  23. Carrie says:

    Yay! Why Chris Lowell, though? I thought this movie was going to revolve around her high school reunion.

    • liza180 says:

      I agree. I was very surprised by this casting. I was hoping they’d just kind of forget season 3. Still holding out for Vinnie, cliff, and dick.

      • yes! vinnie, cliff, and dick are who i want back the most, too!

      • Michi says:

        People seem to have forgotten about Vinnie and Cliff (admittedly, myself included) but now that I remembered, they’re the next two I want after Mac and Dick! I loved those two’s humor! Would be so upset if they don’t come back!

    • Midori says:

      Probably friends with Wallace and shows up.

      But I agree, he wasn’t really needed.

    • Kira says:

      From what’s been said on Kickstarter, the reunion is only a part of the movie. My guess is he helps out in the murder investigation she gets pulled into. IMO, they ended their relationship on good terms and remained friends. Or who knows, maybe he’s dating Mac. Whatever it is I’m going to trust that Rob Thomas knows exactly what he’s doing.

  24. Estella says:

    Yes sooooo Happy to hear he is back I been checking almost everyday yay!! One of my all time favorite people

  25. Tom Charles says:

    What about dude who plays Logan?

  26. Lizzy says:

    This!

  27. Belinda says:

    Max Greenfield (Leo) and Ryan Hansen (Dick) have both been vocal about supporting and wanting to be a part of the movie but an official announcement for either hasn’t been made yet.

    I’m pretty sure Duncan won’t return. Teddy Dunn hasn’t worked for a couple of years and was pretty vocal about his distaste for the recognition that came from being on a popular tv show which is why he was eventually written out.

    Also, I’m pretty sure Rob has previously said that there won’t be any miraculous resurrections. If someone died on the show, they’re dead. There might be flashbacks but Lily, Lamb, Beaver, Aaron etc are all but done.

    • Linda says:

      He was written out because they didn’t see the triangle working out since most wanted her with Logan and not Duncan. There was no use for him.

  28. Sienna says:

    I might be the only one, but I’d love to see Jackie again. Even though I initially hated her, she became a pretty wonderful character and I liked her with Wallace. Every time I re-watch the series, she grows on me.

  29. Dominique says:

    YES!!! This was the news I’d been waiting for, best thing!! :D :D

  30. mrm423 says:

    Weevil needs to tape someone naked to the flagpole for old time sake!

  31. Jay says:

    With each update and video that lands in my inbox I feel happier and happier that this is happening and that we fans could make it happen.
    I’m actually even more glad we were asked, if the studio had just funded this upfront we’d be hearing far less and in a more sanitized way.

  32. Josh Emerson says:

    I really hope they confirm Tina Majorino soon. We can’t have a VM movie without Mac! She was easily my favorite character along with Veronica herself.

  33. Kelly says:

    Weevil is awesome. So glad he is going to be in the movie.

  34. Kim says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see who else is coming back!

  35. Mikael says:

    I love Weevil!!! I hope Cliff comes back too, I loved his snarkiness. Vinnie Van Lowe would be nice too, but I don’t like where they took him in Season 3. He’s best when he’s walking the line between a good/bad guy. In Season 3, he was too far on the bad side.

  36. Liz says:

    YES!!! I loved that guy! And now we need Mac…

  37. Thea says:

    *applauds*

    I’m now done frantically checking TVLine every hour waiting for this specific announcement lol

  38. Alia says:

    Hooray for the return of Weevil! Now we need Mac and Dick. I hope they’re announced next!

  39. sia says:

    All I need is wallace & jackie and I’m in.

  40. Alia says:

    Just got a Kickstarter Update. Cliff is officially back! Yay!

  41. robinepowell says:

    YES!!!!!!!! WHOO-HOOO PARTY TIME!!!!! :D

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