Future Man, the upcoming sci-fi comedy from Hulu, stars Hunger Games alum Josh Hutcherson as a janitor by day/obsessive gamer by night who becomes the would-be savior of the world when two visitors from the future choose him (accidentally) to thwart the imminent invasion of a super-race.
If that setup sounds outrageous, it’s because it is. And just wait until you see the show! Consider that the series comes from the people who made Sausage Party and This Is The End, and then you’ll have a feel for the show’s edgy comedy.
Hutcherson, along with cast members Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Derek Wilson (Preacher) and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) joined creators, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and showrunner, Ben Karlin to preview the series for fans on Friday at New York Comic Con. Here’s a look…
This trailer contains time travel, dance battles, Josh Hutcherson, and herpes.
As you can tell from the trailer, Future Man isn’t afraid to “go there.” The first episode, screened at NYCC, has more dirty jokes and outrageous gags than we can count. The good news is that the jokes work, and they kept the audience in stitches.
Hutcherson seems to feel right at home doing comedy — more than we expected given his dramatic Hunger Games role. He brings the funny as Josh Futturman, a janitor stuck in a dead-end job who’s obsessed with Biotic Wars, an unbeatable game. But when Josh actually beats it, two characters from the game, Tiger (Eliza Coupe) and Wolf (Derek Wilson), appear from the future with a message: the world is in danger, and Josh is the only one who can save it.
Coupe, who fans will know from Happy Endings, is as much a comedic force in Future Man as she is a badass action hero. And there’s plenty for her to do. There’s a gloriously over-the-top fight scene in the first episode in which Tiger takes on an entire biker gang as Wolf gets her back while shouting videogame-style victory lines.
Want to experience the outrageous lulz for yourself? Future Man premieres Tuesday, November 14, 2017 on Hulu.