If there's one thing we've learned about Apple TV+ in the five months since its launch, it's that the service loves a big name. To that end, Central Park certainly doesn't disappoint, boasting multiple stars from the two of the most acclaimed musical comedies of the last decade.
Created by Josh Gad, Nora Smith, and Bob’s Burgers co-creator Loren Bouchard, the show follows a family living in New York's Central Park and their efforts to fend off a powerful hotel heiress who is intent on turning the park into condos.
Here's who's set to lend their voices to this most quirky of comedies to land on Apple TV+ yet:
One of Hollywood’s most recognizable voices, Josh Gad is best known for playing Olaf the Snowman in Disney’s smash hit Frozen films. Outside of his work as Olaf, Gad has also starred in films like Murder on the Orient Express, Beauty and the Beast, A Dog's Purpose, Pixels, and Jobs. On the small screen, he recently played Herman Judd in the first season of HBO’s space comedy Avenue 5. In addition to executive producing and co-creating Central Park, Gad also voices the character of Birdie, a regular at the park who also serves as the show’s narrator.
Another Frozen alum, Kristen Bell voiced Anna in those Disney animated films, but she's no stranger to high-profile TV projects either. She achieved mainstream success early in her career for her performance as the titular character in Veronica Mars, a role that she reprised years later in a crowdfunded spin-off film and in a long-awaited fourth season on Hulu last year. She also starred as Jeannie Van Der Hooven on Showtime’s House of Lies, and as Eleanor Shellstrop on NBC’s The Good Place. In Central Park, she voices Molly Tillerman, one of the members of the family living in the park.
Viewers will remember Titus Burgess best for his Emmy-nominated performance as Titus Andromedon on the Netflix original series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a role that he reprised earlier this month in the show’s interactive special. He also appeared as Toney in Eddie Murphy's Dolemite is My Name, and provided the voice for Glenn in last year’s animated film version of The Addams Family. He plays Molly’s brother, Cole Tillerman, in Central Park.
This writer remembers her most fondly for her work as Jennifer Barkley on Parks and Recreation, but it would be a crime to summarize Kathryn Hahn’s screen career with just one role. Primetimer crowned her the “Queen of Peak TV” last year, and it’s not hard to see why. In addition to lead roles on Crossing Jordan, Happyish, I Love Dick, and Mrs. Fletcher, Hahn has also turned in memorable supporting performances on shows like Transparent, The Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation, and Girls. She is currently receiving widespread critical acclaim for her performance as Dessa Constantine on the HBO miniseries I Know This Much is True. In Central Park, Hahn voices Paige Tillerman, Molly and Cole's mother.
Best known for his Tony award winning performance as Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway show Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr.’s TV career includes his role as Sam Strickland on NBC’s Smash, and recurring guest roles on shows like Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, CSI: Miami, and One Dollar. He's also had notable roles in the 2017 film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and in last year’s historical drama Harriet. He plays Owen Tillerman, Molly and Cole's father and Paige’s husband in Central Park.
Along with being an expert cocktail maker, Stanley Tucci is one of the most talented and reliable screen actors of the past three decades. Oscar-nominated for his performance in The Lovely Bones, Tucci’s extensive film career includes roles in Road to Perdition, The Terminal, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, Easy A, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games, and Spotlight. His previous TV credits include roles in BoJack Horseman, Limetown, Feud: Bette and Joan, Fortitude, and ER. In Central Park, Tucci plays Bitsy Brandenham, the hotel heiress who has her sights set on buying the park and using the land for her own financial gain.
Daveed Diggs also burst on the scene as one of the original cast members of Hamilton. His first major screen role came in 2016 when he played the adult version of Books on Netflix’s The Get Down. He followed that with roles in notable films and TV shows like Wonder, Blindspotting, Black-ish, Undone, and Velvet Buzzsaw. He's currently starring as Andre Layton on TNT’s TV adaptation of Snowpiercer. In Central Park. he provides the voice for Helen, Bitsy's assistant.
Central Park premieres Friday, May 29th on Apple TV+.
Alex Welch has written about television and film for TV by the Numbers, IGN, The Berrics, Paste Magazine, Screen Rant and GeekNation. Follow him on Twitter @alexrwelch.