The cast reveals new research to prepare their characters

The cast of The Hardy Boys reveals if they had to research the original novels to prepare for their characters.

Bridgeport’s Hardy Brothers are back for a brand new season! This time the brothers must solve a new mystery involving the mysterious disappearance of their classmate Dennis. To help solve this latest case, the brothers must rely on their friends and new allies to find Dennis.


Hulu’s adaptation of The Hardy Boys has been a favorite among franchise fans. The show is based on the book series created by Edward Stratemeyer. With audiences and critics giving positive reviews to season 1, the series was renewed for a second season.

The Hardy Boys detective team is back!

Season 1 focused on the brothers investigating the tragic death of their mother, Laura, and moving to the mysterious town of Bridgeport. During their investigation, they made new friends and uncovered a sinister organization. One of the notable highlights of the first season was the incredible performances from the main cast. Season 2 of The Hardy Boys will feature the return of the main cast.

Prominent cast members for the second season are Rohan Campbell, Alexander Elliot, Keana Lyn, Riley O’Donnell, Adam Swain, Cristian Perri, and newcomer Krista Nazaire. The characters portrayed by the mentioned main cast are based on the original books. At The Illuminerdi, we had the opportunity to chat with the cast of The Hardy Boys at Wondercon 2022!

We asked the actors if they should do any research after landing roles for their characters. The cast revealed that they researched the books. They also explained that their counterparts in the book had differences in how they portrayed them on the show.

The Hardy Boys Cast Reveals If They Sought Out Their Book Counterparts After Landing Their Roles

Hardy Boys Exclusive Interview: The Cast Reveals New Research To Prepare Their Characters
(Left to right: Cristian Perri, Rohan Campbell, Adam Swain, Keana Lyn, Alexander Elliot, Riley O’Donnell and Krista Nazaire)

The Illuminati : When you received your characters, did you have to research the books to make your characters?

rohan campbell: I certainly did. Yes, I mean I had read the books. But I guess putting a show in the 80s and how old the books are. I kind of wanted to have a 50s version of the character, which I found in some of the previous books.

Alexander Elliot: I think with Joe it’s been so modernized from the books. He’s really perfect for his 80s era. The books were a really good place to start. But I think the key was really the script and going from there.

Keana Lyn: I think in terms of the female characters on this side, Callie was definitely like one of the friends. It kind of went both ways, you know if she was the real girlfriend. There was some storyline there, but her role in detective work wasn’t as big as it was on the show. I think it was really good, I was able to expand on where it came from and add my own twist to it.

Riley O’Donnell: Yes, some characters don’t really exist in the book. My character the name, exists in the book. But the character is actually a guy (laughs). He’s like that big blond dude! (laugh)

Rohan Campbell: That’s the exact description, right? (laughs) Page four man! (laugh)

Riley O’Donnell: Yeah, it’s cool to be able to create a character next to characters that already existed.

Adam Swain: I think for me, I read a bit about Chet and wanted to keep the gist of it. I wanted to keep the essence of the OG version, but also mix it with the new one. At the end of the day, it’s always a guy who will ride or die with his friends. But also, I think you’ll see in Season 2 that he takes care of himself, which I didn’t fully find in the book. I think that’s a nice new approach that we’re going to explore now.

Christian Perry: Yeah like Adam said, I had to go back and read a bit to get to know the character a bit better. But I also think that between the scripts and my brain (laughs), Phil built the character a bit yeah!

The cast of the Hardy Boys | Wondercon 2022

Besides its detective aspects, the chemistry of the main cast of Season 1 is what made me fall in love with the show. The writers have done a fantastic job developing every prominent cast member, especially the two main leads. With Season 2 further exploring the backstories of some of the main characters, my hype for the second season has intensified. However, I’m more curious how the new characters fit into the plot or storyline of season 2. All episodes of The Hardy Boys Season 2 are now available to stream on Hulu.

Hardy Boys Exclusive Interview: The Cast Reveals New Research To Prepare Their Characters


Executive producers: Athena Georgaklis, Joan Lambur, Doug Murphy, Pam Westman, Chris Pozzebon, Jason Stone, Madeleine Lambur.
Co-executive producer: Ramona Barckert.
Cast: Rohan Campbell, Alexander Elliot, Keana Lyn, Adam Swain, Cristian Perri. Riley O’Donnell, Krista Nazaire and Sadie Munroe.
Synopsis: The second season picks up six months after the events of Season 1, building on the mystery and drama of the inaugural season and welcoming new friends and suspects.

In season 2, when a classmate from Bridgeport mysteriously disappears, Frank (Rohan Campbell) and Joe Hardy (Alexander Elliot) abandon their new normal routine to return to their detective work. But when they discover that the mystical relic they destroyed last year is still at stake, it becomes clear that their simple missing person case is actually part of something much more sinister. The Hardy boys and their friends must quickly learn who they can and can’t trust as they race against time to uncover the truth and ultimately realize that no one is safe from their past.

Who is your favorite character in Hulu’s The Hardy Boys? Have you read the original book series? Who is your favorite character from the books? Let us know what you think in the comments below, or let us know on Twitter.


Irene B. Bowles