There are a lot of crowd-funding hopefuls out there trying to piece together a budget for their next big project, but it helps if you happen to have starred in simultaneously one of the best-loved and most-mourned cancelled sci-fi shows out there. Firefly actor Alan Tudyk is writing, directing and starring in an upcoming web series called Con Man, which has already raised almost $2.5 million through its Indiegogo campaign – and is set to star a plethora of familiar faces.
Captain Malcolm Reynolds himself, Nathan Fillion, is producing the series. The previously revealed celebrity guests include Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, The Guild creator Felicia Day, Tudyk’s on-screen Firefly spouse Gina Torres, and voice actor Seth Green (Family Guy).
If none of those names impress, The Nerdist has just revealed seven other actors who will be appearing in Con Man: The Walking Dead‘s Emily Kinney, Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer and Michael Trucco, popular video game voice actor Nolan North, Supernatural‘s Samantha Smith, Austin Powers franchise alum (and Legend of Korra voice actor) Mindy Sterling, and Robert Patrick (A.K.A the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day).
If all of these names all seem to fit together somehow, it’s probably because they’re all veterans of the convention circuit. Con Man is a semi-autobiographical story about an actor called Wray Nerely, who makes regular appearances at conventions thanks to his role as a pilot on short-lived sci-fi show Spectrum. Fillion plays Jack Moore, the actor who played the ship’s captain on the show and has enjoyed great career success ever since.
Based on Tudyk and Fillion’s characters, it’s likely that one or all of these actors will be playing some version of themselves – and it wouldn’t be surprising to see other stars showing up to cameo in Con Man given the strength of Tudyk and Fillion’s connections.
Perhaps Con Man will also offer a bit of closure for fans who are still heartbroken by the cancellation of Firefly, over a decade after the show was cut short. Maybe the subject of comic book and sci-fi conventions is a bit niche, but it will be good to see a show created for the fans with the help of the fans.
Con Man is set to begin filming in June with a VOD release currently pencilled in for later in 2015.
Source: The Nerdist