FX's What We Do in the Shadows pilot adds The Shape of Water, Lady Bird stars
Taika Waititi‘s vampire mockumentary is getting closer to its planned television series. FX has added actors from Oscar contenders The Shape of Water and Lady Bird to the pilot for What We Do in the Shadows, EW has learned.
Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery) starred as the deep-sea creature in Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance, while Beanie Feldstein (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) and Jake McDorman (Limitless) took roles in Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film. Along with comedian Mark Proksch (Better Call Saul), they join the pilot in undisclosed roles.
Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen were previously announced for the television effort, which will be executive produced by Waititi and Jemaine Clement — who co-wrote and co-directed the original film.
What We Do in the Shadows, released in 2014, imagined what day-to-day life would be like for vampires living together as roommates. Waititi, who recently helmed Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel, has been talking about the work’s television potential for a while, as well as a movie sequel focusing on the werewolves (“not swear-wolves”).
“The first film took us about seven years to make, and we don’t want to do that again,” the filmmaker told EW in 2016 of a sequel. “It’s a lot easier now that we have all the characters, and we know how we want to do it, and we know that we can do it. The first time we were doing it, we had no idea what we were trying to do, really. It’s not like we were inventing the mockumentary genre, but doing it with special effects, and trying to figure that all out, and make it funny, was a really, really long process.”
Variety was the first to report the latest casting news for the pilot.