11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards Join Hulu's 'Dimension 404'
Hulu is firming up the cast for its individual episodic anthology Dimension 404.
Joining the cast of the six-episode series are Patton Oswalt, Awkward's Ashley Rickards and Lost's Sterling Beaumon.
Distributed by Lionsgate Television, the project draws inspiration from the internet's notorious "404" error code and aims to evoke the feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web at 3 a.m., stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world as we know it. Among the sorts of questions explored in the series: What if an obscure cartoon held the secret to time travel? What if energy drinks caused the apocalypse? What if the NSA’s top analyst was a gigantic, all-knowing cube of sentient meat named Bob?
Oswalt, whose Fox comedy pilot did not move forward, will play Uncle Dusty, a lovable movie nerd who worships at the altar of cinematic history. But when he takes his teenage niece Chloe (Modern Family's Sarah Hyland) to see a new sci-fi YA film, he quickly discovers that the pic’s never-before-seen cinematic format — called "Cinethrax” — gives the audience a strange, perilous moviegoing experience. Oswalt is repped by UTA, Generate and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
In a separate episode, Rickards (who recently wrapped MTV's Awkward) plays Sue, a brilliant yet scattered college student whose procrastinating ways get her caught up in a time-traveling adventure when Captain Chronos, the hero of her favorite 1990s-era cartoon, shows up needing help to save the past, present and future — unless the villainous Lord Entropy can stop her. Rickards is handled by UTA and Link Entertainment.
In another episode, Beaumon (who next appears in Netflix's Longmire) will play Jess, a handsome, slightly mysterious and strong-willed high school senior who works part-time at Ernie’s Arcade. There, teenage gamer Andrew (Ryan Lee) discovers a mysterious, never-played arcade game called Polybius and investigates its dark and bloody provenance. Beaumon is with APA and manager Bernard Kira.
Dez Dolly and Will Campos created Dimension 404. Dan Johnson and David Welch co-created the series, which is being executive produced and directed by Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Dolly, who serves as showrunner.