Con Man is the brand new web series from Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, who star as parody versions of themselves.
And that’s not the only parallel. Tudyk, who wrote and directed the series, stars in Con Man as Wray Nerely. Nerely played the pilot in cult sci-fi show Spectrum, which was cancelled too soon and had inspired a hugely passionate fandom (sounding familiar?). Fillion plays the show’s more successful alum, Jack Moore, who has gone on to become a major movie star while his friend Wray is stuck on the convention circuit.
Con Man fans at the Hall H panel were the very first to see the first full-length trailer for Con Man, which you can watch below. Interestingly, Con Man is the first web series ever to hold a panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.
Stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion were on hand to introduce the trailer to the packed crowd. Speaking with Hypable earlier in the day, Tudyk explained his favorite scene in the Con Man trailer (one he also recreated during the panel) is with the tooth fairy. “The guy who plays the tooth fairy, I went to high school with,” said Tudyk. “A lot of people we had working on this were friends. We hadn’t worked together since the ninth grade in Winnie the Pooh.”
And as for Nathan Fillion? “I can’t wait to see the trailer, I haven’t seen it yet,” he quipped.
Given what happened to Firefly, it isn’t surprising that Tudyk turned to crowdfunding Con Man. Did they also pitch it to television? “Oh, yeah,” Tudyk laughed at the panel.
Crowdfunding turned out to be the right choice for Con Man. After setting an initial goal of $425,000, the creative team raised $3.2 million through their Indiegogo campaign, with over 46,000 fans donating in order to ensure the project would happen.
Con Man will premiere on Vimeo On Demand on September 30, with three new episodes airing every Wednesday. The series will run for a total of 12 episodes, over four weeks and is available now for preorder.
As for a season 2, Tudyk answered a fan question at the panel with the optimistically vague, “We’d love to see a season 2; we’ll see how this one goes.”