Hulu’s next show pulls a gamer into the past to save the future

So many '80s media references, your head will spin.

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David Lumb
October 5th, 2017
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Hulu's surely riding high after its original show The Handmaid's Tale took home the Best Drama Series Emmy, but its next series looks to be a bit lighter-hearted. Created by Seth Rogan and frequent partner Evan Goldberg, Future Man tells the story of a janitor at a biotech company who beats a video game -- only to be chosen by its creators for a mission to the past in order to save the future.

Even in the trailer, the show acknowledges The Last Starfighter-esque plot -- and with Rogan and Goldberg at the helm (whose previous collaborations include Superbad, This Is The End and Sausage Party), the comedy looks like it might be a slick send-up of pop culture time-travel. And given how much nostalgia Hulu is serving up to its viewers, hopefully this self-aware show will be the right antidote.

Future Man stars Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games as Josh Futterman, a gamer tasked by two survivors of the future to kill an entrepreneurial scientist whose herpes cure leads to a planet-devastating war. Balking at lethal measures, Futterman convinces the future soldiers to go for plan B: Prevent the scientist from getting the disease in the first place, ostensibly by ruining his romantic life. Time-travel hijinks will most certainly ensue.

The entire 13-episode series goes live on Hulu on November 14th.

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