How much do people want to see Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion star in a web series about life on the sci-fi convention circuit? Quite a lot. In two days, the two Firefly stars have raised over $1.5 million via Indiegogo for Con Man, about two actors who once starred on a science fiction show which was canceled before its time. (Where do they get these crazy ideas?) The pair’s original crowdfunding target was $425,000, a figure which was reached within hours of the campaign’s launch. Con Man has now broken the record for highest-funded web series.
“We hoped the fans would embrace this show,” Tudyk tells EW. “They absolutely did and still haven’t let go. It’s like a bear hug without the teeth and the claws.”
Tudyk will play Wray Nerely, an actor who appeared with Fillion’s Jack Moore on the sci-fi show Spectrum. In the time since the show’s cancellation, Moore has gone on to Matt Damon-level movie star fame. Nerely? Not so much. “My character is frustrated with his situation and frustrated by Jack’s stardom,” Tudyk explained, prior to the launch of the crowdfunding campaign. “We follow Wray’s story as he goes to the conventions and does video-game voiceovers, and we are going to populate it with sci-fi actors and people that you will find at conventions. Zany hijinks ensue!”
Get a flavor of those hijinks in the new teaser trailer for Con Man, below.