Starz has set a March 10, 2019 premiere date for the original comedy series, Now Apocalypse. Prior to its official premiere date, the surreal coming-of-age comedy set in Los Angeles will screen at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Starz also debuted a new psychedelic poster for the series which comes from indie filmmaker Gregg Araki. Araki’s film credits include Kaboom, Smiley Face, and Mysterious Skin. He also directed episodes of Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why, Heathers, and Red Oaks.
Araki, Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), and Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra) executive produced the 10 episode first season which airs immediately after American Gods season two. Araki also directed the first season and co-wrote each episode with author and Vogue sex columnist Karley Sciortino.
The cast is led by Avan Jogia (Ghost Wars, The Year of Spectacular Men) and includes Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats), Beau Mirchoff (The Fosters), and Roxane Mesquida (Gossip Girl).
The Now Apocalypse Plot:
Now Apocalypse follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends Carly (Berglund), Ford (Mirchoff), and Severine (Mesquida), who are on various quests pursing love, sex and fame. The series explores identity, sexuality and artistry, while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Between sexual and romantic dating app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder – is some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy going on, or is he just smoking too much weed?
Jogia’s character, Ulysses, is described as a “recent transplant to Los Angeles, who is struggling to find his place in the world. Something of a thrill seeker, Ulysses admits that he’s always had an attraction to and fear of the unknown and is plagued by recurring nightmares, which he believes are a portent for a vast, sinister conspiracy.”