From its creator, Michael Cusack, to its regional setting and new star voice actor, the series about an odd small-town crime fighter is shaping up to be an Aussie-native affair.
Hugh Jackman is set to join the voice cast of Hulu’s upcoming adult animated comedy series Koala Man, Variety reports.
Ordered by Hulu in March of last year, Koala Man comes from creator Michael Cusack (YOLO: Crystal Fantasy), who will also star as the voice of the show’s titular protagonist. The series is centered on Kevin (Cusack) and his (barely) secret identity, whose obsession with following rules and fighting petty crimes makes him something of a small-time hero in his hometown, the Australian suburb of Dapto. Koala Man’s annoyed family become inevitably entangled in his exploits, as he carries out his quests to take down evil geniuses, supernatural entities… and every bozo in town who fails to take out their trash on pick-up day.
Jackman will voice the role of Big Greg, one of Dapto’s most popular residents and head of its Town Council. According to a character description, “Big Greg has only known success. Formerly the host of Fishing Big with Big Greg - Australia’s third most popular fishing show - Big Greg has ridden his celebrity into a trusted position in Dapto. As Kevin’s direct supervisor, Big Greg makes Kevin feel inadequate as a provider and a man. To add insult to injury, Daptonians constantly credit Big Greg for Koala Man’s work saving the town.”
Cusack further serves as an executive producer on Koala Man, alongside Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, Detective Pikachu co-writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, and Princess Bento’s Michael Cowap. (Hernandez and Samit also serve as its showrunners.) Additionally, Dana Tafoya Cameron and Ben Jones will executive produce under their Bento Box Entertainment banner.
20th Television Animation is producing the series for Hulu. While the full creative team has yet to be revealed, Hans Ran and Frank Wessing have been named as its character designer and background designer, respectively.