A new image from Psych: The Movie has arrived, along with details about the plot and the returning characters. After 8 seasons on the air and a number off, Psych will once again be coming to TV this December with the release of a Christmas-themed movie. For fans of the series, it will be a fun and cathartic way to dive back into the world and see Shawn and Gus go on one more misadventure with all their supporting characters. And though it's only been two months since the TV movie was announced, its upcoming premiere date means more and more details about the film have begun to emerge.
For one thing, we know Zachary Levi is playing the villain, a man by the name of The Thin White Duke. Not only does his nom de guerre bring with it shades of supervillainy, but it continues the show's love of pop culture references - given that's one of David Bowie's many nicknames. We also know that Ralph Macchio is reprising his role as a police academy officer who joins forces with Shawn and Gus at one point. Now, we finally have a look at the core returning cast in the new movie, as well as more details about the plot.
EW has unveiled a number the first image from Psych: The Movie, along with insight from creator/co-writer Steve Franks. Check it out, below:
“It leads to a very intense, very emotional, and possibly most ridiculous thing we’ve ever done. When everybody else is off battling bad guys and fighting the scariest foes they’ve ever fought, Shawn and Gus find a way to stumble into something that’s incredibly silly yet appropriate and sort of takes some of the tension out of the air by making the whole thing really fun.”
Aside from the new situation that Shawn and Gus get themselves into, the photo makes it clear that almost everyone from the show will be back. That includes Kurt Fuller as fan-favorite Woody the Coroner. According to Franks, the more they worked on the script, the more Woody found his way into the story.
Of course, fans will immediately notice that Timothy Omundson's Detective Lassiter is missing from the photo. Earlier this year, the actor suffered from a stroke, throwing into question whether the movie should even be made. Luckily, he's been making some tremendous progress in his recovery and star/co-writer James Roday says they've found a way to include him in the film.
“I think we found the best way possible to keep Lassiter very much a part of what we do, set him up to succeed in the future, and still give all of our Psych-Os an opportunity to see that ridiculously handsome mug of his.”
Another big change for the gang will be in the film's setting. Though both the movie and show are shot in Vancouver, the series took place in Santa Barbara, CA. For Psych: The Movie, the action will be moving to San Francisco in order to give the proceedings a different vibe. And speaking of different vibes, Franks said there's a very good reason Corbin Bernsen (American Gods) is rocking a scarf and fedora in the image.
“He’s become the hip old guy in the neighborhood. The first time we see Henry, he’s in full hipster regalia. It’s a really fun element. It was a great way to give that character a fun new thing that he’s doing that feels lively and is fun for [Bernsen] to play.”
With Psych: The Movie coming out soon, expect a lot more insight into the new story to arrive shortly.
Psych: The Movie premieres on the USA Network this December.