Netflix Sets Casting for ‘Mixtape’ and ‘Afterlife’
Two big projects are underway at Netflix
Netflix has confirmed the casting for Ricky Gervais’ new series “After Life,” and a new musical series called “Mixtape”. Gervais’ new series started production this summer and Gervais will serve as creator, Executive Producer and Director. Netflix stopped short of confirming a premiere date for new series but more information will be released when a teaser-trailer is ready.
Joining Gervais in his series will be Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Doctor Who), David Bradley (The Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones), Ashley Jensen (Extras), Tom Basden (Plebs, David Brent: Life On The Road), Tony Way (Edge of Tomorrow), David Earl (Cemetery Junction, Derek), Joe Wilkinson (Him and Her), Kerry Godliman (Derek), Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty and Diane Morgan (David Brent: Life On The Road).
Gervias talked about the cast in a prepared statement adding, ““This cast combines the best of the new breed of great British comedy talent with some of the wonderful alumni of my previous shows.”
The series will follow Tony (Ricky Gervais), a man that once had a perfect life. When Tony’s wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes completely. After contemplating taking his own life, Tony decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. Netflix described the new Tony adding, “He thinks it’s like a Super Power — not caring about himself or anyone else — but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know”.
Netflix also picked up the series “Mixtape” this week, a project from Annapurna Pictures in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. The video-streaming service described the series stating, “We all have our own soundtracks. MIXTAPE is a romantic musical drama that looks at the love stories connecting a diverse, disparate group of people in contemporary Los Angeles through the music that lives inside their hearts and minds.” Netflix ordered 10 episodes for the first season, which will star Callie Hernandez, Jahmil French, Jenna Dewan, Campbell Scott, Madeleine Stowe, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Megan Ferguson, and Evan Whitten.