Hellboy's Doug Jones stars as a robot private eye in trailer for Automata

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Jun 28, 2017, 2:35 PM EDT (Updated)

As a fan of The Man in the High Castle, I find myself more and more intrigued by alternate-history storylines, where historical events have a different spin than what happened in real life. I’m also a fan of robots, so this first trailer for Automata: The Series is exactly my cup of tea — especially since it features Hellboy’s Doug Jones (soon to be seen under heavy makeup again in Star Trek: Discovery).

Automata is a 1930s sci-fi noir TV pilot based on the Penny Arcade web comic of the same name, written and directed by Van Alan. Partly financed via Kickstarter, it stars Jones as an automaton named Carl Swangee. The pilot itself will have its world premiere on June 29 during SeriesFest in Denver, Colorado. It will be shown as part of the Independent Pilot Competition.

So, what is Automata about? Here’s the gist of the story (which sounds really interesting):

Set in an alternate Prohibition-era America, this live action science-fiction noir series based on characters from the popular web-comic created by Penny Arcade invites you in to experience a world unlike anything you have seen. In this fictional 1930s-set tale, it is not liquor that is outlawed but instead the continued production of highly sentient robots known as automatons. They live among us as an underclass of social outcasts, victims of human prejudice and strict laws that govern their existence. Automata follows New York private detective Sam Regal (Basil Harris) and his automaton partner Carl Swangee (Doug Jones) as they work together to solve crimes and understand each other in this dystopian America.

Jones has always imbued his non-human characters with a great deal of humanity, so it’ll be fascinating to see what he does as a robot detective. Are you guys intrigued about Automata: The Series?

(via Entertainment Weekly)