Alex Garland, who wrote and directed both Ex Machina and Annihilation, has a brand-new project just around the corner. The mysterious Devs, an 8-episode limited series set to stream on Hulu as part of their new partnership with FX, has looming ominously on the horizon as a series of ambiguous teasers and images. We got our first good look and idea as to what the show might actually be about back at New York Comic-Con, and now we finally have a first full-length trailer to check out.
In the video, we get a Sonoya Mizuno (Maniac) starting her quest to uncover the truth of what happened to her boyfriend, Sergei, who entered the mysterious Devs department and then disappeared. At this point, Katie (Allison Pill) seems to easily explain that there is only one principal Lily needs to understand: Nothing ever happens without a reason, everything was determined by something prior. From there, the trailer becomes a rapid-fire sequence of different clips, ranging from the extremely surreal–like a giant statue of a toddler looming over a forest–to the downright horrifying, like someone being apparently suffocated with a plastic bag.
At the Television Critics Association panel for the show held in Los Angeles, Allison Pill elaborated a bit about where she believes the show to fit into the sci-fi genre, calling it “speculative fiction” rather than science fiction. “It doesn’t lean so hard on the fiction, and the more you watch it, the more you’ll see and understand that.”
Devs premieres on Hulu March 5 with episodes streaming weekly.
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