We have to say this for FX Networks: between FX, FXX, and FX on Hulu… between new and returning shows and limited series… they pulled off one helluva' an impressive Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event. Between American Horror Story renewal and casting news and trailer drops for Fargo, Devs, and Mrs. America, there was a little something for everyone – and don't think for one second that fans of Jermaine Clement's What We Do in the Shadows have been left out.
At Thursday's TCA session, Clement revealed that Star Wars legend and pop culture icon Mark Hamill will guest star during the second season, though (to no one's surprise) details on his role and which episode he will appear in are being kept under wraps.
Hamill took to Twitter to confirm his role on What We Do in the Shadows was the NDA project he "really, really, really, REALLY loved" but couldn't speak about back in December 2019:
Remember when I told you about a project I really, really, really, REALLY loved but it was under an NDA? Well, @AJemaineClement just let the bat out of the bag & announced I'll soon be visiting my favorite undead family on @theshadowsfx!🧛♂️What Will I Do In The Shadows? #StayTuned pic.twitter.com/M9txUqSRxV
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 10, 2020
● Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein will not be returning for the sophomore season due to film commitments – a situation Clement found "a little disappointing for me as she was planned to be a big character", but one that also allows for other characters to share the spotlight.
● Clement look to continue distancing the television series from the film heading into the second season – a second season that will also see new supernatural characters like ghosts and witches added into the What We Do in the Shadows mix.
The FX / FX on Hulu series is based on the feature film of the same name from Clement and Taika Waititi, which takes a documentary-style look into the daily (nightly?) lives of four vampires who've "lived" together for hundreds of years. Did we mention they live together in Staten Island?
The self-appointed leader of the group is Nandor The Relentless (Kayvan Novak), a great warrior and conqueror from the Ottoman Empire, who has taken the helm of the group despite many of his Old World tactics resulting in what some might politely refer to as bupkis. Then there's the British vampire Laszlo (Matt Berry) – a bit of a rogue and a dandy and a fop, he might say. He's a lover of mischief and a great soirée, but not as much as he loves seeing Nandor fail miserably in every attempt. And then there's Nadja (Natasia Demetriou): the seductress, the temptress, the vampiric Bonnie to Laszlo's Clyde. Her wisdom and provocative tales from times past allow us insight into the many ups and downs of living an immortal life.
Also cohabiting in the vampire household is Guillermo (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. Also lurking about is Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), an energy vampire and day-walker of sorts — he feasts on humans, but not on their blood. A frequent visitor is Nadja's new friend, Jenna (Beanie Feldstein), a student at a nearby community college. She loves LARPing, boys, and art history, and for some reason has been rather confused lately as to why it is she so ravenously craves the flesh of the living.
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.
Clement, Waititi and Paul Simms serve as executive producers alongside Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, and Eli Bush, with FX Productions producing.