Matthew Broderick has joined the cast of Netflix high school apocalypse dramedy, Daybreak. Broderick will play the cheerful, upbeat principal Burr of Glendale High, who knows the name of every kid in school and their favorite character to play in Overwatch.
In a hashtag-filled world of #metoo and #blacklivesmatter and #timesup, Burr is genuinely trying to be part of the solution: a good guy, an advocate and ally for all. But let’s face it, kids can be monsters.
Based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the subversive dark comedy Daybreak finds 17-year-old high school outcast Josh searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits, including a pyromaniac 12-year-old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.
Aron Eli Coleite (Star Trek: Discovery), who is also involved with Locke & Key, is the showrunner and an executive producer of the 10-episode horror/comedy series. Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson’s ASAP Entertainment (Rampage, Frontier) are also behind the show. Celeite also executive produces with Fierson and Peyton, who will direct as well.
Matthew Broderick was last seen on screen in Rules Don’t Apply, directed by and starring Warren Beatty, as well as Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan. He will next star in To Dust, directed by Shawn Snyder, to be released in early 2019, and the animated comedy Wonder Park, starring Jennifer Garner and Mila Kunis, to debut in March 2019.