The cast for the US TV spin-off of What We Do in the Shadows, the funniest film of the 21st Century, has been announced, and is really good.
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi seem to be turning it into something of a Marvel-esque multimedia shared universe. The American version, not to be confused with the movie sequel We’re Wolves*, or the New Zealand TV spin-off Wellington Paranormal, has been picked up by FX (home of, amongst other things, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) for a production pilot, and if that goes well, a series will be next.
The plot hasn’t been announced, but it’s said to be in a mockumentary format like the original film. The cast includes:
- Matt Berry, the man with the best voice in the world, star of Toast of London, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Snuff Box and The IT Crowd.
- Kayvan Novak, the voice behind Fonejacker, the face behind Facejacker and the really thick one from Four Lions.
- Natasia Demetriou, a stand-up and writer who has appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and written for The Midnight Beast.
- Harvey Guillen, the only American announced so far, who is best known for the Nickelodeon show The Thundermans, in which he played Cousin Blobbin.
Why hasn’t Matt Berry been a vampire before? Matt Berry would, and presumably will, make such a good vampire. He might even be a vampire, for real.
This is very unlikely to suck (like a vampire), isn’t it? It’s likely to be bloody (like the bite from a vampire) good. Although there’s a lot of money in American telly, so the stakes (like you kill a vampire with) are high. Fans of the film (like fangs, like a vampire’s teeth) should have every reason to be in high spirits (like a ghost, which might be friends with a vampire) when the show is trans(ylvania)mitted (Transylvania is where vampires come from), unless they’re sitting next to someone who won’t stop coffin (like, coughing) (a coffin is where a vampire sleeps) (that is the joke we’re going for there) (thanks).
Precise dates and timelines and everything are still up in the air (like a vampire when they are in bat form) for everything WWDITS-related. Wellington Paranormal should be going out at some point in the middle of this year, but nothing more specific has been announced yet. We’re really vlad (like, glad, but also Vlad is the name of a famous vampire) this is all happening.
* It really can’t be overemphasised how good a title that is.
(Images: New Zealand Film Commission)