Not sure I could be more excited for What We Do in the Shadows, especially after this full trailer released by FX. The series, based on film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, focuses on the modern lives of four vampires who have been roommates in Staten Island for … a very long time.
According to a press release, “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.”
Fans of British TV series and movies will be familiar with Novak and Berry, the former of whom was on the excellent but short-lived series Sirens, as well as in the film Four Lions. Berry you may know from The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh, Snuff Box … if you haven’t watched any of these (or all of these), I cannot recommend them highly enough!
Back to What We Do in the Shadows, the press release goes on to explain: “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.”
Check out the hilarious trailer for the 10-episode series, created by Clement, which will premiere on FX March 27th: