Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is the newest reboot of everyone’s favorite teenage detective series. This time around, the iconic sleuth is portrayed by Sophia Lillis, one of the breakout stars of another recent reboot: IT. The casting was a bit surprising given the character’s traditionally blonde locks, but the right choice, nevertheless. Lillis is the Nancy Drew we never knew we needed.

Unable to face constant memories of his recently deceased wife, Nancy’s dad Carson (Sam Trammell) relocates them from Chicago to the small town of River Heights. Carson adapts quickly, getting involved in local politics, trying to stop a proposed train route that would make the little berg far less charming. But, for Nancy, acclimation doesn’t come quite as easily. She wants fun and adventure, and River Heights is painfully boring.

Fortunately, she ends up meeting Flora (Linda Lavin), the current owner of the Twin Elms mansion, and her niece, teen queen Helen (Laura Wiggins). Flora is at her wits’ end after several nights of flickering lights, floating candles, and ghostly apparitions, and the sheriff is unwilling to help. So, in typical Nancy fashion, she volunteers for the job.

Will she be able to solve the haunted house’s mysterious happenings? Is a ghost to blame or someone in River Heights? With the help of friends Bess and George and newfound frenemy Helen, Nancy is determined to crack the case.

If the title sounds familiar, it’s because the first iteration of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase hit the big screen back in 1939. So, fans of the classics will be familiar with the story. However, this version is obviously very different, and unarguably the most modern take on the teen sleuth to date.<

This Nancy Drew has been given an ultra cool update — she skateboards, she has a chip on her shoulder, she even gets arrested. Her buddies George and Bess have been given makeovers, too, to fit into the real world. In particular, George is played by a talented African-American actress named Zoe Renee — a decidedly progressive choice.

That said, despite the updates, the best things remain the same. It was clearly important to director Katt Shea to keep Nancy’s key characteristics: confidence, empathy, stubbornness, and kindness. She also retained the detective’s ties to River Heights and her endearingly close relationship with her father and friends. In staying true to canon, Shea made a film fit for the whole family, and one that is particularly important for young women who need to see that an imperfect girl with smarts and a big heart can make all the difference in the world.

Still on the fence? Get a clue and catch Nancy in theaters this Friday, March 15.