Hulu has begun casting for the sci-fi fantasy anthology series “Dimension 404.”
Lea Michele, Robert Buckley and Ryan Lee will star in the upcoming six-part project, Variety has learned, with Michele and Buckley starring together as love interests in one of the episodes, and Lee starring in another of the stand-alone, hourlong episodes.
The “Glee” and “Scream Queens” star will play the Amanda, an attractive, witty, ambitious, type-A gal with a warm heart, who turns to matchmaker services to suit her rebound dating needs after a bad breakup.
Buckley, who stars on the CW’s “iZombie,” will play the male lead opposite Michele. His character Adam is described as emotionally vulnerable and a bit naïve. Adam falls hard for Amanda (Michele), his online date from a matchmaking service, and drops “I love you” too soon — prompting her to “swipe left” on him. Their breakup forces Adam to confront a multitude of truths about his life.
In a separate episode from the one starring Michele and Buckley, Lee (“Goosebumps,” “Trophy Wife”), will play the lead, Andrew, a teenage introvert and video game addict. Secretly gay, Andrew is viciously bullied by classmates and only finds comfort and courage at Ernie’s Arcade where he discovers a mysterious, never-played arcade game called Polybius, and investigates its dark and bloody provenance. His episode is set in 1982.
Inspired by the internet’s “404” error code, “Dimension 404” aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. Each episode will explore a different bizarre mystery, including an obscure cartoon that may hold the secret to time travel or energy drinks perhaps causing a global apocalypse.
The scripted series hails from digital studio RocketJump, and is created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos with co-creators Dan Johnson and David Welch. “Dimension 404” is exec produced by Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Dolly who will serve as showrunner. Lionsgate is distributing the series.