Where to begin with Now Apocalypse? Two things I can tell you with certainty – I’ve never seen anything like it and the interview I did with the cast and creators at Sundance 2019 was the perfect way to wrap up the Collider interview suite. The show is bold, wild, colorful and features an ensemble that will likely melt hearts across the board.
Our anchor here is Avan Jogia‘s character Ulysses. While making the most of all the sexual adventure opportunities LA has to offer, Ulysses winds up having what he thinks is an “otherworldly hookup,” an encounter that leaves him with recurring nightmares, possibly linked to some sort of conspiracy. Ulysses paves the way to Beau Mirchoff‘s character Ford, Ulysses’ best friend, and he’s dating Roxane Mesquida‘s character, Severine, an astrobiological theorist. Ulysses also spends a good deal of time with another close friend, Kelli Berglund‘s Caryl, an aspiring actress who’s currently making some extra income as a cam-girl. And you know what? That’s only scratching the surface of Now Apocalypse.
Creator and director Gregg Araki got the opportunity to debut the show at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival as part of the “special events” program, prior to its March 10th debut on Starz. While in town for the big premiere, he swung by the Collider Studio with co-writer Karley Sciortino and a whole bunch of the cast including Jogia, Mirchoff, Mesquida, Berglund, Tyler Posey and RJ Mitte. In the spirit of the show, the conversation was irreverent, crazy and off the rails to say the least and you can delight in all the chaos using the video player at the top of this article.
I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, the all new 2020 Kia Telluride, which was transporting filmmakers to our studio in celebration of the debut of the all new model, Kia’s first eight-passenger SUV that is several inches longer and wider than the brand’s award-winning Sorento.
Libations were also flowing at the Collider Studio with parties hosted by LIFEWTR, Tequila Comisario, Sensi Tuscany Wines, Blue Moon Belgian White and Dragonfly Coffee Roasters. Food during the parties was provided by Greene St. Kitchen of Palms Casino Resort lead by Chef Du Cuisine Lanny Chin. Brand partners active during the day included mou, a luxury footwear and accessories line, and The Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall who was on-site with the world’s first “virtual reserve.”
Avan Jogia, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, Roxane Mesquida, Tyler Posey, RJ Mitte, Gregg Araki and Karley Sciortino:
- Sciortino explains what Now Apocalypse is about.
- The cast highlights one quality about their characters they’d like to keep for themselves.
- Araki on how he came up with the idea.
- What does it mean to Araki to get the opportunity to premiere Now Apocalypse at Sundance?
- Would You Rather begins!
Here’s the official Sundance description of Now Apocalypse:
Ulysses and his friends are navigating the strange and often bewildering city of Los Angeles, oscillating between earnest relationship discussions and surreal sexual adventures. Haunted by recurring nightmares that he believes are indicative of a vast conspiracy, Ulysses is struggling to find his purpose in LA and obsessing over tracking down an elusive dating-app match with whom he shared a seemingly otherworldly hookup. He is grounded by his longtime friendship with Ford, a beefcake screenwriter who is dating Severine, a sexually voracious astrobiological theorist. Rounding out their squad is Carly, an aspiring actress and covert cam-girl whose relationship with her boyfriend finally sparks when they start to explore BDSM.