Josh Hutcherson’s finished some intensive action-film shoots earlier than — a Hunger Games enviornment right here, a wild Journey there. But nothing compares to the dramatic athletic feats he carried out for Future Man, the brand new sci-fi motion comedy that begins streaming immediately on Hulu. “I had to do some new things physically,” laughs Hutcherson. “I learned to run in heels! It’s all about keeping the weight on the balls of your feet.”
Hutcherson performs Josh Futturman, a online game obsessive known as to world-saving future by two exo-armored badasses (Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson) touring from the post-apocalypse. “He wants to fix the future without f–king up the present,” explains Hutcherson. “They have to jump around through time to try to make adjustments. The show explores multiple decades — the ’60s, the ’80s, the ’40s, the ’90s.”
Although Future Man is a comedy, there’s a sincerity to the primary character’s hero’s journey. “He’s not a slacker,” says Hutcherson. “In my mind, he’s not even a loser. He’s a guy who has not really been driven a whole lot. He definitely grows a lot, and becomes more capable.” And the present additionally follows the parallel trajectory of the aforementioned badasses, Tiger and Wolf, who need to steadily readjust themselves to pre-apocalyptic normality. “Tiger and Wolf go from being these barbaric people from this dystopic future to learning how to function in society,” Hutcherson provides. “As unbelievable as this world is and the story we’re telling is, the characters are very much grounded.”
And the scope of Future Man is spectacular, a large-scale manufacturing befitting the good ’80s cinema that the present pays homage to. “We shut down Fairfax Boulevard, in the middle of Hollywood!” Hutcherson says. “We shut down Sunset to turn it into the ’60s.”
So although the present has laughs, its ambitions are as cosmic as any sci-fi serial. Is there a grasp plan? “The premise has such legs,” guarantees Evan Goldberg, who executive-produced the venture with longtime collaborator Seth Rogen. “It can go so many locations. Twenty-four seasons, if we’re as profitable as Supernatural.” Better sharpen these stilettos, Hutcherson!