1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Matthew Broderick to Star in Netflix Dramedy 'Daybreak'
Matthew Broderick is heading to Netflix.
The actor has been tapped to star in the streaming giant's postapocalyptic dramedy, Daybreak.
The 10-episode series, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Brian Ralph, revolves around 17-year-old high school outcast Josh as he searches for his missing girlfriend Sam in postapocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits — including a pyromaniac 12-year-old, Angelica, and Josh's former high school bully, Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai — Josh tries to stay alive among the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies and everything else this brave new world throws at him.
Broderick will play Principal Burr.
Aron Eli Coleite (Netflix's forthcoming Locke & Key, CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery, NBC's Heroes) co-created the series and serves as showrunner. He exec produces alongside fellow co-creator Brad Peyton (Frontier, Rampage) and his ASAP Entertainment partner, Jeff Fierson.
Daybreak will be the first series regular role for theater and film actor Broderick. The actor had signed on to star in Paramount TV's Bettyville, which has not yet landed at a network, and the delayed Katrina-focused season of FX anthology American Crime Story. His TV credits include Modern Family, Louie and 30 Rock. His feature credits include Manchester by the Sea, The Producers, Election and Rules Don't Apply. He's repped by CAA, Management 360 and Barry Tyerman.