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Alex Garland Eyes His 'Devs' Cast for Next Project, Which Won't be Sci-Fi

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By Brian Morales

Just arriving to Hulu, the FX series Devs has gotten positive buzz for the most part. The mastermind behind Devs is Alex Garland. Garland has worked in the realm of sci-fi for most of his career (at least in the last few years), but the young director says he's ready to move on from the genre, and he is eyeing his Devs cast to join him.

Devs focuses on "A computer engineer who investigates the secretive development division in her company, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend."

Garland's Previous Work

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Alex Garland really hit the forefront when his 2014 sci-fi thriller Ex Machina hit the market with critical acclaim all around. The film was a masterclass in showing the dangerous side of A.I., all with a cerebral script, and stunning acting from Alicia Vikander as the manipulative bot.

After that Garland continued on forward with the strange, yet effective Annihilation (2018) starring Natalie Portman as the lead. With two films in a row that pushed the boundaries, of sci-fi and horror, many put Garland on their Radars.

Eyeing the 'Devs' Cast

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It seems that Garland's momentum shows no signs of stopping just yet, even though Devs was just released, Garland is already working on getting his next project under works, and he's eyeing the cast of Devs to help him out.

In an interview with Collider, Garland talks about the idea of using the same actors, but with a different story; like in theater:

"...you can do a different play with the same actors, where someone who’s the lead in one is now a supporting actor. That’s a very interesting thing that theater does, and I think it could work in television, so I thought I’d try it."

The Cast

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The cast of Devs includes Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, and Alison Pill. It's interesting to see Offerman, and Pill in a show like this, since both their background are more in the realm of comedy, as you most people associate Offerman with Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation. But that's not say they can't play solid dramatic parts.

Garland's next project will not be in the realm of Sci-Fi like his other works. "...It’s really about civil disobedience. It’s not science fiction. It’s essentially apolitical." says Garland.

What's In the Works?

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In the meantime, the eight episodes of Devs will be rolling out over the course of the next few weeks according to Garland.

As far as possible future seasons of Devs goes, Garland says he's more of a closed-end kind of director:

“At the moment, I don’t know how to do an open-ended story. I think I probably prefer stories that end, I guess. Maybe it’s just as simple as that. The idea of reaching the end of Episode 8 and not concluding the story, to me, personally, would be very frustrating."

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