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Premieres this November on Hulu!

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Ted Lasso is coming to the MCU.

Well not quite. But Jason Sudeikis is joining Hit Monkey, a very weird upcoming animated series from Marvel and Hulu.

Back in 2019 Hulu announced four adult animated series for the streaming platform based on the following characters—Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, and Tigra and Dazzler, that would eventually joining forces in a Netflix Defenders style team-up special called The Offenders. Obviously plans changed after shut down of Marvel Television. Nevertheless, while the Howard the Duck and Tigra and Dazzler shows were shut down production still continued for Hit-Monkey and M.O.D.O.K. the latter of which premiered earlier this year on Hulu.

Today Marvel and Hulu not only released the first trailer for the Hit-Monkey animated series but also announced the stellar voice cast.

In contrast to the M.O.D.O.K. series which utilized stop-motion animation, the Hit-Monkey animated series is 2D animation. Based on the character created by writer Daniel Way and artist Dalibor Talajić, the series “follows a Japanese snow monkey, aided by the ghost of an American assassin, who goes on a revenge quest and becomes the famous ‘killer of killers.'”

The animated series features an all-star voice cast including Jason Sudeikis, fresh off his Emmys win for the playing football-turned–soccer coach Ted Lasso in the acclaimed titular series, as Bryce the ghostly assassin who guides Hit-Monkey. Other notable voice actors in the series include George Takei and Olivia Munn. Voicing the eponymous Hit-Monkey is Fred Tatasciore who incidentally will be providing the vocal effects for Devil Dinosaur in the upcoming Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur animated series. Also notable, eagle-eyed Marvel fans can also spot the characters of Lady Bullseye and Fat Cobra in the aforementioned trailer.

Check out the cast/character breakdowns below:

George Takei as “Shinji”

A lifelong public servant who has been the man behind the political career of Ken Takahara, his friend and political mentor. But when tragedy strikes, it falls to Shinji to pick up the baton and carry their political dreams forward. A good and honest man who raised his niece Akiko all by himself after the death of her parents. Shinji is the kind of politician everyone wishes they could have.

Jason Sudeikis as “Bryce”

A world-weary Assassin who’s made some unbelievably poor life choices. He drowns his sorrows in work, travel, and gambling but when it comes to doing hits, there’s no one better. After he’s killed in the Japanese Alps, the ghost of Bryce and Monkey are tied together on a revenge quest. A terrible mentor with a sarcastic, cynical view of the world, Bryce must ultimately dig deep within himself in order to complete his final mission and help Monkey become who he was meant to be.

Olivia Munn as “Akiko”

Smart, ambitious, and powerful, Akiko is the niece of Shinji Yokohama the future Prime Minister of Japan. Having spent time in the west for College and Law School, she has returned with strong opinions about the future of her Uncle’s campaign. Her inherently good nature however masks a darker side, one that will emerge as the season progresses.

Ally Maki as “Haruka”

An honest cop from a small town in the north, Haruka comes to Tokyo with dreams of reforming a corrupt city. But can she hold on to her values in the face of so much vice? Her new partner Ito will test her sense of right and wrong and ultimately prove to be the mentor she has always looked for. But when it falls to her to complete their case, will she have what it takes to become the cop she has always felt she could be?

Nobi Nakanishi as “Ito”

The laughing stock of the Tokyo Police Department, and struggling with a drinking problem, Ito is the only one in Tokyo who suspects that Hit-Monkey may actually be one of the good guys. But no one, not even his new partner Haruka believes him. He will have to dig deep into his past and face his demons in order to finally restore his honor.

Fred Tatasciore as “Monkey”

Monkey’s peaceful existence in the Japanese alps is shattered by the tragic loss of his tribe—setting him on a course of revenge and violence in the very world of humans that are responsible for his plight. He’s a killer of killers with a bit of a rage problem. Throughout the series, he must learn to navigate the struggle between his inherently sweet nature and the evil acts he must commit. It’s through his complicated friendship with the Ghost of Bryce (a former assassin and now, Monkey’s unwanted conscience), that will determine whether Monkey will be consumed by his rage or channel it for good. This is the story of Hit-Monkey

Josh Gordon & Will Speck serve as creators, showrunners, and executive producers; the series is co-executive produced by Keith Foglesong, Matt Thompson, and Neal Holman; and produced by Duffy Boudreau, Mollie Brock, and Marcus Rosentrater.

Hit-Monkey premieres on Wednesday, November 17th on Hulu.

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