Veep creator Armando Iannucci is back with Avenue 5, an HBO comedy which stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the captain of the titular galactic cruise ship, in what’s being described as a “space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future, when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.” HBO has released an hilarious new trailer for the upcoming series, as well as announcing that it will debut on January 19th.
In addition to Hugh Laurie, Avenue 5 also stars Josh Gad as Herman Judd, the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5, and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism; Zach Woods as Matt Spencer, the Head of Customer Relations on Avenue 5. “Despite being a nihilist, Matt is a nice guy who can’t wait to get to the end of his final cruise before promotion to a more senior role on Earth,” reads the character’s official description. “He has a performance background, but gave up trying to make it as an entertainer years ago.” The series also stars Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control on Earth, Rebecca Front as Karen Kelly, a stowaway who becomes the voice of the passengers, Lenora Crichlow as Bliie McEvoy, second engineer, Ethan Phillips as Spike Martin, an elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut, and Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right-hand woman.
Avenue 5 is set to debut on HBO on January 19, 2020.