Ever wish you could peek into the life of a star and get a different angle on the convention and fandom circuit? Well you’ll soon be able to do so with none other than Alan Tudyk (“Wash” on Firefly and Serenity) when his IndieGoGo funded webseries appears on Vimeo On Demand in September.
That’s right — Joss Whedon’s beloved Firefly pilot will be leading his own series, with his pal Nathan Fillion (“Mal” from Firefly)! The story focuses on Alan’s character, “Wray Nerely”, who appeared on a popular (but cancelled-too-soon) sci-fi show and is now making his way through the hoops and barrels of pop culture events like conventions and appearances at bookstores, always overshadowed by his friend and co-star, “Jack Moore.”
Alan Tudyk has a lot of silly experiences to share from his years of touring the sci-fi/fantasy nerddom, and I think we’ll get a lot of tongue-in-cheek antics that show just how crazy we can be as hardcore fans and lovers of a good story. (If you haven’t seen them yet, his talks with Zachary Levi at the Nerd HQ panels from ComicCon are hysterical and brilliant — they can be found on Levi’s Nerd HQ Channel on YouTube)
I was thrilled to take part in the IndieGoGo campaign, which was overwhelmingly funded (something like over 700%), and I can’t wait for my perk to arrive later this year. It’s a fantastic way to take part in producing another story from people I love. Being able to support the arts (even with my limited budget) means a lot to me, and to be able to support particular artists that I have enjoyed watching over the years is a dream come true.
With guest stars like Summer Glau (“River” from Firefly), Gina Torres (“Zoe” from Firefly), Jewel Staite (“Kaylee” from Firefly), Sean Maher (“Simon” from Firefly), Amy Acker (“Fred” from Angel), Felicia Day (“Penny” from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Seth Green (“Oz” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Tricia Helfer (“Number Six” from Battlestar Galactica), and Sean Astin (“Samwise” from the Lord of the Rings trilogy), this show is not only destined to be a colorful cavalcade of nerd favorites, but to tell a story that will resonate with many fandoms.
The show will also have multi-lingual captions, which will allow for a bigger audience, a lovely attention to detail that ensures the fans know how much they matter to Alan and the rest of the acting community.
I feel this is a love letter (and possibly a Cease and Desist letter) to the fandom that has kept Firefly alive and well for so long, and I can’t wait to see how Alan continues to tell the story in this larger-than-life version of events.
Thanks to a continually growing fanbase, Alan and the rest of the crew’s persistence in their love for the show, and conventions that have brought us all together, we’re getting a new story with some of our favorite people, and I don’t know that it could get any better than that.
Unless FOX (or more likely, Netflix) decides to let Serenity fly into the stars once again.
You can watch the trailer for Con Man below: