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Tina Majorino to reprise 'Veronica Mars' role in upcoming movie

Neptune High’s big class reunion just got a little more complete.

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas announced late last night that Tina Majorino has officially signed on to reprise her role as hacker extraordinaire Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie in his upcoming Mars film. Non-Mars fans may know the actress best as Deb, the title character’s side ponytail-favoring friend in 2004′s Napoleon Dynamite.

“To say I wrote Mac with Tina in mind would be an understatement,” Thomas said in an email sent to the film’s 91,585 Kickstarter backers. “I wrote Mac for Tina, and Tina only. Veronica needed a female friend, and a Q to her Bond. Tina felt like just the sort of girl that Veronica would like and respect. I couldn’t be more pleased that she’ll be with us for the movie.”

Majorino, who’s currently playing medical intern Heather Brooks on Grey’s Anatomy, joins a cast that already includes repeat players Kristen Bell (Veronica), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Chris Lowell (Stosh “Piz” Piznarski), Francis Capra (Eli “Weevil” Navarro”), Sam Huntington (Luke), Amanda Noret (Madison Sinclair), and Daran Norris (Cliff McCormack). Production on the film is scheduled to begin this summer.

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'Veronica Mars': Kickstarter campaign closes with $5.7 million

It’s a wrap for the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign. Since EW exclusively revealed the game-changing fundraiser last month, Rob Thomas & Co. accrued a mind-blowing $5,702,153 — well above the $2 million Kickstarter goal and Thomas’s personal goal of $5 million. READ FULL STORY

'Veronica Mars' movie update: Rob Thomas has first draft, shares where the money is going

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas has sent the film’s Kickstarter backers a lengthy status update. Top news: He has just finished a first draft of the movie. “There’s a lot of work left to do, but it’s a movie I can’t wait to make. I think it’s also the movie you’ve been waiting to see,” he writes.

With one week left in the Kickstarter campaign that has raised more than $4.5 million, Thomas took the opportunity to encourage more fans to donate: The only Kickstarter record the project hasn’t yet broken is the total number of backers (Veronica Mars was approaching 70,000 as we typed this; Double Fine Adventure had 87,142). He also detailed where fans’ money is going: READ FULL STORY

Jason Dohring returns for 'Veronica Mars' movie

Logan is back. Rob Thomas has informed his Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter backers that Jason Dohring is officially on board. “We now have three actors officially cast. Veronica. Logan and the waiter who says, ‘Your check, sir,’” he wrote in an email Tuesday night. “Don’t worry. We’re busily working on bringing your favorites into the fold. As a Veronica Mars backer, you’ll be the first to know.” READ FULL STORY

'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter update: International donations, more high-end rewards coming

Thought Rob Thomas’s efforts to fund a Veronica Mars movie would end when his project hit the $2 million mark — less than 11 hours after its Kickstarter launched? Think again.

As Thomas told tens of thousands of backers via email this morning, he’s not planning to pull the plug on his fund drive anytime soon. What’s more, Thomas and his team are working to allow fans from outside the United States to donate, which would significantly increase the project’s potential revenue. Though all of the Kickstarter’s big-ticket rewards — the chance to name a character in the movie, snag a screening for 50 friends, or even appear onscreen in a speaking role — have been snatched up already, Thomas also said that he’s planning to come up with more high-end “thank you” gifts in the coming days.

Check out Thomas’s full email below. For the record, as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the Kickstarter campaign has raised over $2.5 million.

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