HBO has released a brand new trailer for Barry, the upcoming comedy series starring Bill Hader as a hitman who discovers a passion for acting while working a job. Barry was ordered to series in June of last year, and will mark a milestone for Hader as he will not only star as the titular Midwestern assassin, but also co-write, produce, and direct the series as well. Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg is also on board to share scripting duties.
Hader stars as a disillusioned former Marine who has taken up work as a hitman in the Midwest. At a low point in his life, Barry reluctantly accepts a job in Los Angeles where he inadvertently discovers a latent interest in the performing arts and, moreover, the acceptance and sense of community that eluded him back home among the LA theater scene. That conceit offers Hader and his impressive line-up of co-stars a chance at a wide variety of laughs that range from from the grim to the absurd, as evidenced by the new teaser.
Barry also stars Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg (Hindsight), Gotham‘s Anthony Carrigan, and Billions and True Detective‘s Glenn Fleshler. The latter two will play a pair of Chechen gangsters, and while Fleshler seems to imbue the character with a familiar kind of menace, Carrigan – who has been an MVP on this season of FOX’s young Batman show – might be one to watch when the series finally premieres next year. Meanwhile, Winkler will portray acting teacher Gene Cosineau, while Root plays Fuches, Barry’s handler who appears to have found himself in a bit of a predicament when the series begins. But that’s not all, as The Good Place‘s D’Arcy Carden appears in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her shot in the admittedly brief teaser, and hopefully she’ll have more to do when the series rolls around than say the title character’s name.
There’s little to go on here, as the teaser only runs for about 45 seconds and doesn’t offer much in the way of details. But what it lacks in particulars it more than makes up for in establishing the show’s tone, which is fittingly dark for the most part before seguing into something a bit lighter with Barry’s flubbed line that fails to impress Goldberg’s Sally.
The series began production earlier this year, so hopefully HBO will have a more detailed trailer to offer soon. From what it looks like, though, Barry is another example of Hader’s impressive range and comedic talents, and since he’s wearing so many hats on the series, it will offer him a chance to showcase his skills behind the camera as well.
Barry will premiere in the spring of 2018 on HBO.
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