What do you get when you cross Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a fictional Romanian crime series circa 1983? Why, a modern, spoofy spin on a Cold War-era TV show called Comrade Detective, that’s what.
Premiering soon on Amazon, Comrade Detective is best described as a show where a recently rediscovered Romanian TV show is set to be rereleased in the U.S., but first, a group of American actors are called in to dub the Romanian actors to make it easier to understand. Naturally, comedic hijinks ensue.
In the just-released trailer for Comrade Detective, Tatum receives a mysterious package. Inside is a cryptic note and a VHS tape, prompting Tatum to ask his assistant for a VCR… and some vodka. As the tape rolls, viewers are treated to a glimpse at the tongue-in-cheek series where it’s revealed Tatum, Gordon-Levitt, and Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman deliver silly voice-overs for their Romanian actor counterparts. It’s a super-wacky setup, but it looks like it will deliver on the jokey goodness.
Of course, the series only looks as though it came straight out of the ’80s in a time capsule — campy effects and Communist clichés bounce around seemingly dated cinematography, but the actors are very much of the modern era. As it happens, Tatum and Gordon-Levitt aren’t the only modern actors in Hollywood lending their voices to this undoubtedly hilarious spoof, either. Other actors involved in Comrade Detective include Jenny Slate, Chloë Sevigny, Fred Armisen, Kim Basinger, Bobby Cannavale, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger, plus a ton of other people. That’s a hell of a roll call.
Based on the trailer, Comrade Detective looks like it’s a series best served with a stiff drink. Vodka, anyone?