Happiest Season’s Dan Levy is set to star in the new animated comedy Standing By.

According to Variety, the Hulu series is set to follow the lives of “a group of eternally bound, disgruntled guardian angels” and the lessons they learn from humans and their own dysfunctional friendship.

In addition to Levy’s casting, David Tennant, Natalie Palamides, Glenn Close, Poppu Lou, and Samira Wiley have also joined the cast in undisclosed roles.

In a joint statement, Levy and the show’s co-creator Ally Pankiw opened up about what viewers can expect from the series.

“Standing By is about the hilarity, embarrassment, and melodrama of everyday life as observed by a team of judgemental, gossip-starved angels,” they said.

“We are very excited to bring this world to life with the help of Hulu, 20th Televison Animation, and Bento Box Entertainment. Not to mention an insanely brilliant cast of actors.”

Standing By is one of many projects that Levy is connected to.


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Back in October, Deadline reported that the Emmy winner would be making his directorial debut with the upcoming rom-com Good Grief.

The film focuses on a man called Marc Dreyfus who has “chosen to distract himself from the loss of his mom with a comfortable marriage.”

When Marc’s husband also dies unexpectedly, he’s “forced to finally confront the grief he’s tried so hard to avoid, sending him and his two closest friends on a Parisian weekend of self-discovery.”

Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (Loving), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast), Celia Imrie (Better Things), Arnaud Valois (BPM Beats Per Minute), David Bradley (Game of Thrones) and Jamael Westman (The Essex Serpent) will star in the film, which marks Levy’s first under his Not A Real Production Company deal with Netflix.

In a statement, Levy described Good Grief as “a cautionary tale about friendship and loss and all the mess that comes with it when the truth is something you’ve evaded for most of your life,” adding: “It’s funny, it’s bittersweet, it’s a project that has helped me work through my own grief. And I hope it does the same for other people as well.”