Read More: Why 'Firefly' and 'Jeff 1000' Star Summer Glau Loves Making Sci-Fi "Firefly" fans, rejoice. Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for their upcoming web series, "Con Man." And in less than 24 hours, their efforts have already been monumentally successful -- as of now (11am Pst), it's raised over 60 percent of its goal of $450,000, and seems likely to raise the full amount by the end of its first day. Tudyk writes, directs and stars in "Con Man," which boasts a deliciously meta premise: Tudyk's character, Wray Nerely, was a cast member on "Spectrum," a sci-fi series which was canceled "too soon" and emerged as a cult classic (sound familiar?). His good friend Jack Moore (Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. The series begins with Jack enjoying the life of an A-lister, while Wray »
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Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion have each portrayed their share of memorable characters, but sci-fi fans known them best for their roles in Firefly, the short-lived but much-beloved space odyssey that aired on Fox in 2002. Since the show's cancellation, its fans have clamored for more stories about the crew of the spaceship Serenity. Now, Tudyk and Fillion are looking to appeal to those fans with an Indiegogo campaign for Con Man, a series that will follow its protagonist as he attends pop culture conventions.
Con Man isn't explicitly related to Firefly, but its main characters are essentially fictional versions of Tudyk and Fillion. They will both play cast members from a short-lived sci-fi series called Spectrum, and the series will follow their adventures on the convention circuit. Tudyk will portray an actor best known for his role on Spectrum, while Fillion's character is an "A-lister" who has managed to pick up other major roles. »
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Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are together again in “Con Men,” a new web series written by them and produced by the fans! Funded by Indiegogo donations, the show will start with three episodes and build from there. A decade after the show that catapulted him to cult status was canceled, Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk)makes a living off his iconic character by traveling around the country to comic book conventions and other pop culture events. Meanwhile, Wray’s buddy Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) lives the life of an A-list star. The series light-heartedly takes on the personalities and colorful characters that populate the con circuit. HitFix Harpy spoke to Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion about this new project and all the convention hijinks that inspired it. HitFix Harpy: Conventions are such a huge part of geek culture these days. Can you describe a little bit what the premise of “Con Men” is? »
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The two actors starred together on Joss Whedon's short-lived, but cult-beloved "Firefly" (which went on to spawn the movie "Serenity"). The show and its stars are insanely popular on the sci-fi convention circuit, and it's an experience that Fillion and Tudyk plan to mine in a proposed web series titled "Con Man."
They just launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance the series. The plot is described thusly:
Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk-Me!) was a co-star on Spectrum, a sci-fi series which was canceled -Too Soon- yet became a cult classic. Wray's good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events. »
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The series is a lighthearted take on the personalities, luminaries, comic book stores, and characters the duo have encountered during their years in the sci-fi community and convention circuit.
“If you’ve gone to a sci-fi convention, you’ve only seen half of it,” said Tudyk. “’Con Man’ delivers what convention ‘All-Access’ passes have only promised in the past. I’ve been to conventions from San Diego to Dubai and I have so many great experiences to share through the world of ‘Con Man.’ The sci-fi fans have changed my life and I want to give them a chance to see a new view of the world they built.”
The campaign is seeking $450,000 and has an April 9 deadline.
The campaign reached its $450,000 goal around midday on March 11, prompting Tudyk »
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Pre-YouTube, fandom was a hard-earned thing. It took research, dedication and enough patience to hover over the family video player’s ‘record’ button for an entire episode of TV-am in anticipation of six minutes with Sylvester McCoy. Six minutes in which the Seventh Doctor would be polled if he was a cat or dog person and then asked to taste a lemon roulade.
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Sadly, that powerful voice was silenced last November after Carol Ann Susi — the actress who portrayed Mrs. Wolowitz — lost »
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"They said the lines... wrong," opined writer Joss Whedon in 2006, years after the film's 1997 release. "And they cast it wrong. And they designed it wrong. And they scored it wrong. They did everything wrong that they could possibly do." Whedon was biased. Of course he was. He wrote the thing imagining a quip-y, taut little horror movie that mashed Ridley Scott with James Cameron. In short, he imagined Firefly with xenomorphs. »
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Earlier this month, word arrived that 20th Century Fox was testing a varied group of actresses to play the female lead in Deadpool alongside Ryan Reynolds. When Gina Carano was cast a couple of days ago, we thought she might have leapfrogged the list. Not so! She’s definitely on board, but Morena Baccarin has won the coveted lead role.Baccarin, a Firefly veteran who has carved out a healthy career in the likes of Homeland, V and, more recently, Gotham and The Flash, has scored the plumb part of a woman who meets and falls for our scarred hero, though hopefully there’s more to her than just the basic character description.Tim Miller is gearing up to start shooting the film in March, unleashing the full comic fury of the merc with a mouth on the world. Alongside Carano and Baccarin, T.J. Miller will be added comic relief »
Welcome to a special edition of our news round-up, this time focusing on three comic book adaptations. The female lead in the Deadpool movie has been cast, the voice actors for Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Drax, Groot, and Rocket have been revealed for Disney Xd's Guardians of the Galaxy animated series (and fans of Boy Meets World and Batman Beyond should be very pleased with the Quill casting), and it's been announced that a Dreadstar TV series is in the works with the creator of the comic book series, Jim Starlin, executive producing and writing the project.
Deadpool: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra from Firefly and Serenity, Homeland, Gotham) will play the female lead in the upcoming Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool movie. The name of Baccarin's character has not yet been revealed, so it's unknown if she'll play a character from the Marvel comic book universe. »
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Morena Baccarin is jumping from one comic book universe to another. The Gotham recurring actress has clinched the female lead in Deadpool, Fox’s new film built around the Marvel character of the same name. She joins Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, and Gina Carano in the film. More on the Deadpool Morena Baccarin casting after the jump. […]
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With less than a year to go before Fox's Deadpool hits the big screen, production is obivously kicking into high gear, which means we're hearing about other cast outside of Ryan Reynolds. Come inside to learn more about who's joined up and what role she might be playing.
Fans know Morena Baccarin from a number of fan-favorite properties, including V, Firefly/Serenity, and most recently Gotham. Now she's joined the cast of Deadpool, in an as yet unnamed lead female role. THR has the scoop and says that she'll be portraying Deadpool's love interest in the film. The prevailing theory going around the interwebs right now, however, is that she'll be playing Vanessa Carlyle (aka Copycat) in the film.
This info is based off a previously leaked version of the script, and who knows what may have changed from then to now in that time. Regardless, Baccarin is joining Ed Skrein, »
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That marks her out as Vanessa Carlysle, I believe. Carlysle is definitely a big part of the two screenplay drafts I read, and Baccarin seems like a good fit for the part. She’s also age-suitable for Ryan Reynolds – he’s just three years or so older.
Shame that the script doesn’t give the character more to do.
In the comics, Carlysle was also known as Copycat, and was a mutant shape shifter with blue skin. None of that seems to apply in the film, especially not the blue skin. I suppose she could reveal herself as a shape shifter later in the series – if this ever becomes a series – but there’s no trace of it »
- Brendon Connelly
It was about two weeks ago that we first learned six actresses were in contention for the lead female role in director Tim Miller's Deadpool movie, but now apparently the filmmakers and folks at 20th Century Fox have made their selection from that list. New reports have revealed that it will be Morena Baccarin, best known for her roles on the television series Firefly and Homeland, who will be sharing scenes with Ryan Reynolds in the 2016 comic book movie. It's The Hollywood Reporter that has the scoop on Baccarin's addition to the Deadpool cast - though sadly the trade doesn't seem to have any solid information about the role that she will be playing. Instead, the only detail provided is that she will wind up being a romantic interest for the titular mouthy mercenary. The actress joins a cast that also includes Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller (who it »
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