Zac Efron (Baywatch, The Greatest Showman; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile) and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Twilight and Pitch Perfect movie series) have signed on to voice star in Human Discoveries, a new animated comedy series for Facebook Watch. The project from Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee will be co-produced by ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman, Final Space) under founders Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley, and Efron’s Ninjas Runnin’ Wild.
Human Discoveries is set at the dawn of human civilization, and centers on a group of hapless homosapien pals as they come up with mankind’s “firsts.” This includes the bare necessities, like fire and the wheel, as well as some of human history’s best and worst creations: Art. Alcohol. Fashion. Racism. Small talk. And, most confusing of all, monogamy.
Efron and Kendrick top a cast list of great comedic talents including Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Jillian Bell (Rough Night), Paul Scheer (The League) and Lisa Kudrow (Friends, The Comeback). Efron and Kendrick will also executive produce alongside Bruno, Lee, Campodonico, Bulkley, Kirk J. Rudell, Jason Barrett and Mike Simkin.
Zac Efron has previously lent his voice to both the Robot Chicken series and specials, Disney Channel’s The Replacements (where he presciently played a spoof of original Baywatch star David Hasselhoff), and starred as Ted in Universal-Illumination’s The Lorax.
Anna Kendrick is best known to animation fans as the voice of perky Poppy in DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls (she reprises the role for Trolls World Tour, coming in 2020). She also played Courtney in Laika’s ParaNorman and popped up on Family Guy in the 2012 episode “Internal Affairs.”