Future Man is 'a comedy with real life-or-death stakes,' says Seth Rogen
Hulu’s sci-fi action-comedy Future Man made a big splash at Comic-Con 2017. Ahead of the show’s panel on Saturday evening, Hulu dropped a gag-filled behind-the-scenes look at the series, which stars Josh Hutcherson as a videogame devotee who gets called to a grand world-saving destiny by a couple of time-traveling badasses, played by Happy Endings’ Eliza Coupe and Preacher’s Derek Wilson. Check out the trailer, which features producer Seth Rogen introducing Josh Hutcherson and “real, actual working laser guns.”
The cast swung by EW’s video lounge at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday to chat with EW Radio’s Julia Cunningham about the show.
“It was really heavily inspired by science-fiction movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s,” says Rogen, who produces the show. “Terminator, The Last Starfighter… Quantum Leap is in there a little bit!”
Rogen also noted that although it’s a comedic riff on the genre fare of an earlier era, Future Man goes deeper than laughs. “It’s a comedy with real life-or-death stakes in it,” Rogen explained. “A lot of the fights are intensely physical, and we do like to shoot them practically if possible.”
Hutcherson described his character as “a dreamer” who “escapes into the world of videogames and always has this yearning for something more.” He’s not quite prepared for the call of destiny, though, and his first meeting with the future warriors is definitely… awkward.
Watch the video of their interview to find out more. Future Man debuts Nov. 14.