It’s official! Hugh Jackman is returning to his Aussie roots in the newly announced from Hulu animated series “Koala Man.” It’s not quite the dropbear horror series we truly want, but we’ll take it.
Michael Cusack, who fans might have seen recently hyping Adult Swim’s block party, or as the creator of Smiling Friends, is the voice of the titular character. He co-created the series, and is joined by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (“Detective Pikachu“), who serve as showrunners on the eight-episode series. Justin Roiland will also executive produce, in a move that also marks a reunion between Roiland and Cusack. Together, they wrote and directed the 2018 “Rick and Morty” April Fool’s special “Bushworld Adventures.”
“Koala Man” will be handled by 20th Television Animation, which is also working on Roiland’s “Solar Opposites,” “Hit-Monkey,” and the highly anticipated return of “Futurama.”
The series tells the tale of Kevin, AKA Koala Man, keeping the streets of Dapto safe from those who would harm it. As you might imagine, lurking beneath the city streets is great evil, from the supervillainy one can expect, to “jerks who don’t take their rubbish bins down on the proper days.” Koala Man is here to put them in their place!
Jackman will play the role of Big Greg, who, not unlike the actor playing him, has known nothing but success through his life… If hosting the third most popular fishing show in Australia “Fishing Big with Big Greg” is considered success. However, Big Greg uses his newfound power in the local city council to undermine his supervisor Kevin AKA Koala Man (Cusack), as well as taking credit for the saving of the town, when we all know the credit belongs to our hero!
Fans in the past years have been concerned for Jackman’s health. Especially considering he’s been treated for skin cancer on his nose five times. He was first treated for basal cell carcinoma in November 2013, with the most recent treatment in 2015. His accepting of this new role should help all of us breathe a little easier about the future.
There is currently no projected release date for “Koala Man.”