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Matt Groening’s first Netflix series will go all Futurama on Game of Thrones
We don’t often get buzzy about a new Netflix series announcement, especially one without any teaser footage, but Tuesday’s Netflix news shook up the perfect jar of nerd bees.
Simpsons/Futurama co-creator Matt Groening is the latest showrunner to join the online streaming platform, and he’s bringing a substantial number of Futurama staffers and voice actors to a new project: Disenchantment, set to premiere in “2018.” From what we’re hearing, this will put the Groening-series spin on fantasy series like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings—meaning, equal parts mockery and reverence. Twenty episodes have been ordered, and they will premiere in 10-episode chunks.
A ton of Futurama voice actors are participating, including Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, and Tress MacNeille. The show as announced will revolve around a “hard-drinking young princess” named Bean, voiced by Broad City star Abby Jacobsen, and her primary companions will include a personal demon voiced by Adult Swim super-weirdo Eric Andre and an elf voiced by comedian Nat Faxon. Longtime Simpsons showrunner Josh Weinstein will join Groening as an executive producer, while Futurama animation company Rough Draft Studios is currently working on the new series. (That series’ final episode aired on Comedy Central in 2013.)