Faux documentary What We Do in the Shadows gets a hilarious full trailer and an official March release date on FX. The television adaptation of the 2014 film of the same name from writer-actor-directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement has been in the works for some time now, with regular updates coming from the cable network in terms of casting announcements and the odd teaser trailer here and there, most of which started rolling out late last year, offering a glimpse at what the American side of the silly supernatural beings would be like when they finally hit TV in 2019.
Those teasers showed just how much of the original film’s irreverent tone would be on display in the new series, as one depicted the downside of being immortal as a birthday cake turned into a serious fire hazard. It was plain to see that FX’s take on the concept wouldn’t look to undo what made the film so much fun in the first place, and although it won’t have the likes of Waititi or Celement in front of the camera, it certainly makes up for that by bringing in the likes of Matt Berry (The IT Crowd) and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird).
The series also stars Kayvan Novak as Nandor The Relentless, “the self-appointed leader…ho has taken the helm of the group despite many of his Old World tactics resulting in what some might politely refer to as bupkis.” Helping is Harvey Guillén “Nandor’s familiar (a.k.a. servant/protector during the daylight hours), who wants nothing more than to be made a real vampire just like his master.” The two get a lot of screen time in the full trailer, which you can check out below:
While there are plenty of jokes to go around, one of the best is that of Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), “an energy vampire and day-walker of sorts -- he feasts on humans, but not on their blood” — essentially he bores and annoys people into a stupor. He and the other characters gather to take part in a documentary similar to that seen in the original film, all of which is part of the overall story of the series, as laid out in the synopsis:
“After an unexpected visit from their dark lord and leader, “Baron Afanas,” the vampires are reminded of what they were initially tasked with upon their arrival in Staten Island over a hundred years ago – total and complete domination of the New World. But what exactly is the best way to go about achieving said domination? Our vérité camera crew follows along as the vampires set out to answer this query.”
What We Do in the Shadows premieres Wednesday, March 27 @10pm on FX.