'Devs' Picked Up to Series at FX With Sonoya Mizuno and Nick Offerman Set to Star

Mizuno, who next stars in 'Crazy Rich Asians,' will reunite with writer-director Alex Garland on the limited series after working with him on 'Ex Machina.'
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Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman

FX is fast-tracking Alex Garland's Devs.

Five months after picking up the Silicon Valley drama to pilot, the John Landgraf-led cable network has handed out an eight-episode limited series order for the project. Additionally, FX on Friday announced that Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina, Maniac, Crazy Rich Asians) will take on the lead role. The casting reunites her with Garland after the duo worked together on Ex Machina. Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny and Alison Pill round out the cast.

Devs revolves around a young computer engineer, Lily Chan (Mizuno), who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend. 

Garland will executive produce Devs alongside Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, Eli Bush and Scott Rudin, with whom he partnered with on Annihilation and the Oscar-winning Ex Machina. The series will be produced by FX Productions.

"After reading all eight scripts and hearing Alex’s brilliant vision and commitment to direct all of the episodes, it was an easy decision to order Devs to series," Landgraf said. "Alex is a visionary artist who with his partners has put together a stellar cast. We are grateful to Alex, Andrew, Allon, Scott, Eli and the brilliant casting team led by Carmen Cuba."

Devs arrives after Annihilation bowed to strong reviews and solid box-office returns. (The Hollywood Reporter called the Natalie Portman starrer "scary and beautiful.") Garland earned an Oscar nomination for writing the original screenplay for 2015's Ex Machina. He earned a DGA Award for a first-time feature director for Ex Machina as well as three BAFTA nominations, including for best feature. Since the publication of his first novel The Beach, Garland has worked in film, books and video games. Devs is his first TV series. His credits also include 28 Days LaterSunshineNever Let Me Go and Dredd.

Devs joins a scripted roster that also includes Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Fargo, Feud, Legion, Snowfall, Taboo, Trust and Pose, among others.

Here's a look at who the rest of the cast is playing: 

Offerman (Fargo, Parks and Recreation) will play Forest, the CEO of Amaya, whose obsession is the covert work of the company’s development division.
 
Ha (Jesus Christ Superstar Live) will play Jamie, a gifted cyber security specialist, who is Lily’s former boyfriend. 
 
Grenier (The Good Wife, Deadwood) will play the terse, dry and dangerous Kenton, the head of security at Amaya.
 
Henderson (Ladybird, Fences, Manchester by the Sea) will play Stewart, is a cultured intellectual from another era and one of the top technical minds working in Amaya’s secret development division.
 
Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising) will play Lyndon, a young, brilliant, and stubborn employee who works in Amaya’s secret development division.
 
Pill (American Horror Story: Cult, Snowpiercer, The Newsroom) will play Katie, a gifted quantum physicist tapped by Forest to be his second in command at Amaya.