Actor Alan Tudyk has spoken to Hypable about his recent run-in with Joss Whedon, the never-wavering fan support for Firefly, and the Ant-Man rumours.

Yesterday we brought you an exclusive scoop on Suburgatory from Tudyk, who could tease some big developments between Noah and his wife.

Firefly castToday it’s time to talk Firefly – remember that little show that went on for a season and ended more than 10 years ago? Wait, why are we even still talking about that? Oh right, because 10 years on and the Browncoats are still clamoring for the series to come back – and apparently so are the cast and crew.

Even after all this time, “Not only is there a want from fans, but there’s a want from Joss [Whedon], and from Nathan [Fillion], certainly, and the cast,” Tudyk confirms.

But even if there is a will, is there actually a way? Talking more logistically about how it could actually work, Tudyk points to Arrested Development as an example of how the show could be brought back. “This was taken off the air right about the same time that we were,” he says, “and that was a show that was on Fox, with a bunch of people who have gone on to do many other things, and they’re getting them back together for another 14 episodes. So it can be done.”

Alan Tudyk wants Firefly back
He even has the technicalities worked out. “Netflix has a business model that works to revive a show that has an existing audience. As a subscriber-based service they can make it work financially.”

Joss Whedon himself recently spoke about Firefly, and expressed his desire to revisit the show at some point, but didn’t want to commit to anything. And Tudyk reckons that’s probably the one thing that might hold the project back. “I don’t think it’s gonna be done unless it’s perfect, as far as, Joss has the idea and he’s like ‘Ooh, that has to be done,'” he says honestly.

Alan Tudyk Wash FireflyWhen we ask – a little skeptically – whether there might come a time when it’ll simply be too late to bring the show back, Tudyk is insistent that this fandom doesn’t have an expiration date. Because, while “all the characters were great, and everyone was important,” ultimately Tudyk believes that, “as long as we’ve got Mal, I think that you can stitch it back together.”

And in Tudyk’s opinion, that could happen at any time after Castle ends and there’s a break in Fillion’s schedule. “He could be 50 when that happens,” he says enthusiastically, going on to share his (suprisingly detailed) idea of how the story could continue: “You could find Mal living on some moon somewhere, and then somebody finds him. It’s that old set-up where somebody finds him and they’re like, ‘you’re needed.’ Something happens that he saddles back up, gets in the ship and goes. And he puts the band back together. And finds everybody wherever they are, to go do something.”

Tudyk, for certain Serenity plot reasons, doesn’t believe he himself would be able to return for another movie or season. But we were persistent that he has to return as Wash for this to work, which led to some impromptu brainstorming about how that could be done:

You could come back in flashbacks.

Well, there’s a time limit on that one. That’s the only thing there’s a time limit on, because I’m not gonna look like me in a flashback by next week. ‘Well this was Wash when he was 20,’ hmmm wow, yeah, no. They’d have to make some kind of excuse for the aging process that took place.

You could be looking at an Indiana Jones kind of situation. Mal and his son, off on adventures, and then you…

[Laughs] Mal and his son! I’ll play his son.

There you go.

It’ll be a stretch, but…

Or you could imagine some kind of Obi-Wan Kenobi thing where you appear in a blue light and guide them all on their quest.

‘Use the force, Mal.’ ‘What?’ ‘The force!’ ‘What is that?!’ ‘Hmm.’

‘Hmm, we don’t have one of those here.’

‘The force field? We don’t even have that.’

See? Joss Whedon, if you’re reading (and we’re sure you are, because it’s not like you’re busy or anything), there are a lot of ways it could be done.

Tudyk, of course, must have had a lot of opportunities to think about how Firefly could be brought back, considering that he is asked about the show in almost every single interview he does. Luckily, he doesn’t seem tired of talking about it.

“I think that we knew that it would always have a place in our hearts, but we did not know when it was cancelled that it would have a place in other people’s hearts, not like this,” he admits. “This is, it’s gotten – it’s gotten a little silly at this point. My goodness, people talk about it on other shows! There are other TV shows on the air where they mention it, and how it needs to come back. I saw it on Community, and they do it on The Big Bang Theory, and…” he pauses (and we hold our breaths, sure he’s about to tell us that we’re crazy), “and it’s so cool. I’m blown away.”

Alan Tudyk holding on to Firefly
Tudyk finds the fan support especially touching because of the way the Fox network so unceremoniously let them go. “I don’t know what all the reasons were … but back when it was on, we were fighting, holding on, and being like, ‘don’t cancel us. We think this is awesome! What’s wrong with you?!’ So to have people who agree with something that you were fighting so hard for is amazing.”

But for now, Nathan Fillion still has Castle and Joss Whedon of course is busy with Avengers 2 and S.H.I.E.L.D. And don’t expect Tudyk to appear on the latter any time soon. “I just saw Joss the other day. I just went and checked out the… what is that show they’re doing? S.H.I.E.L.D. Not SWAT. Shows how much I know about it,” he laughs.

But was he trying to trick us? Was this really a meeting to discuss super secret S.H.I.E.L.D. guest appearance plans? …No. “I just happened to be on the lot where they were shooting, and I was leaving,” Tudyk quickly clarifies, “and a Firefly fan was there who worked on the lot, and they asked if I was there to see S.H.I.E.L.D. And I was like, ‘what? They’re here?!’ So I texted Jed [Whedon] and was like, ‘where the hell are you?’ And I went by and Joss was there, it was very cool.”

Alan Tudyk Ant-ManAnd Tudyk fans should prepare to be left a little more disappointed by his answer to our question about whether there’s any truth to the Internet rumours that have him playing Ant-Man in the upcoming movie adaptation of the comic books.

“I’ve heard about that, but no,” he says. “That’s a shame,” we reply, because it is. “I know, I’m a fan of ants,” he sighs empathetically. “But no.”

Don’t be too sad though. There’s still the ever-floating possibility of Firefly returning, Arrested Development-style, with Wash as a robot, a clone, and/or a hologram, right? “I really think there’s a chance that it could happen,” Tudyk reaffirms. “I think that as we go forward, as it gets cheaper to shoot in digital … yeah, I hope so. We all want it.”

…Now, how about that Dollhouse movie?! No? Fine, we might have to let that one go.

Thank you to Alan Tudyk for the great interview – and if you like Firefly, you’ll want to keep your eye on Hypable in the next couple of months, because we’ve got some very fun things planned!

Stay tuned for the final part of our interview with Tudyk, where he previews his role in 42, the upcoming movie about baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?