Apple TV+ recently dropped the official teaser for its upcoming Tiffany Haddish-led comedy series, which was met with a general hubbub. Perhaps after the success of films like Knives Out — its announced sequel can’t come soon enough — or series such as Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building people are craving more whodunnit content. The general excitement surrounding the first-look teaser could also be due to the fact it displays the impressive roster of actors who’ll appear in the upcoming series.
Per Apple TV+, The Afterparty centers on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Each of the eight episodes features a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own unique visual style and film genre to match the teller’s personality. To pull off such a premise of course requires a strong ensemble, and creator/director Chris Miller assembled an all-star cast to do it, full of actors known for their comedic chops.
We’ll start with Haddish, who appears in the teaser to be leading the charge of determining who did the deed. Her breakout role was as the raucous, party-starting Dina in Malcolm D. Lee’s 2017 comedy Girls Trip. Haddish went on to star in a number of funny films, including Lee’s Night School, Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool, and Miguel Arteta’s Like a Boss. The actor has ample experience to draw from when it comes to comedies, and time will tell if any qualities from her previous roles show up in The Afterparty — even Dina, if only to make the murder mystery more of a party.
Then there’s Ben Schwartz. Parks and Recreation fans will know him as the larger-than-life Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, and Schwartz has built up an impressive body of work in comedic series since, such as playing Clyde Oberholt in Showtime’s House of Lies. You may also recognize his voice as the title character in last year’s live-action adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog. It remains to be seen if Schwartz’s performance in The Afterparty strikes any notes of either Jean-Ralphio, Clyde, or the little blue speedster, but it’s certainly one to anticipate.
Fans of Love Life will recognize Zoë Chao from her role as the spontaneous Sara Yang in the HBO Max series, giving a performance that left many wanting a spin-off show centered on Sara. And amongst a rapidly growing list of titles on the actor’s résumé is Steve Basilone’s romantic comedy Long Weekend, which she led opposite Finn Wittrock. Chao is also slated to play a villain opposite Rebel Wilson in the upcoming comedy Senior Year, which is her first time playing that type of character according to a recent interview.
But perhaps Chao just can’t give away any spoilers regarding The Afterparty. Might she also play the villain — as in, the murderer — in the upcoming series? Or maybe the character played by either Haddish or Schwartz will wind up being the culprit. There’s also Sam Richardson, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Jamie Demetriou, and John Early on the star-studded cast, who could also be portraying the murderer. (Dave Franco’s on there, too, but the trailer shows him taking a long fall off a cliff so it’s more likely he’s the victim.) You’ll have to wait until the series arrives, though, to start forming your own theories. The Afterparty will premiere this January on Apple TV+.