New castings that have been confirmed for the upcoming Ricky Gervais comedy prompted the comedian to say: “This cast combines the best of the new breed of great British comedy talent with some of the wonderful alumni of my previous shows.”
The quote is included in a press release from Netflix for the new show, “After Life,” confirming the casting of Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey,” “Doctor Who”) and David Bradley (“Game of Thrones”).
Netflix also released the following logline: “Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it’s like a Super Power — not caring about himself or anyone else — but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.”
Production is under way on the project, with Gervais as the show’s creator, executive producer and director.
Others in the cast include Ashley Jensen (“Extras”), Tom Basden (“Plebs,” “David Brent: Life on the Road”), Tony Way (“Edge of Tomorrow”), David Earl (“Cemetery Junction,” “Derek”), Joe Wilkinson (“Him and Her”) and Kerry Godliman (“Derek”).