Carlos Valdes (Gaslit, The Flash) will star as the male lead in Hulu’s new musical romantic comedy series titled “Up Here.” Valdes will star opposite previously announced female lead Mae Whitman (Good Girls).
The eight-episode series comes from Tony-winning playwright Steven Levenson (tick, tick… BOOM!), Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show, My Name Is Earl), Tony-winning Hamilton director Thomas Kail and Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen, WandaVision).
The show is set in New York City in the waning days of 1999, following the extraordinary story of one ordinary couple, as they fall in love – and discover that the single greatest obstacle to finding happiness together might just be themselves – and the treacherous world of memories, obsessions, fears, and fantasies that lives inside their heads.
According to Deadline, Valdes will portray Miguel who is described as sensitive and thoughtful, with an artistic sensibility and a romantic streak. Miguel has always struggled with the feeling that he doesn’t quite belong. But after a cataclysmic breakup, Miguel has decided to reinvent himself, burying his feelings and ditching a promising career as a video game concept artist for the lucrative world of investment banking, determined never to get hurt again.
Levenson will also serve as showrunner, while Anderson-Lopez and Lopez will write original songs for the series. Thomas Kail, who previously directed Broadway shows like “Hamilton” and “In the Heights,” will direct and executive produce under his Old 320 Sycamore Productions banner. Jennifer Todd of Old 320 Sycamore will also executive produce.
20th Television is the studio.
Production on the series will reportedly begin this summer in New York. In addition to Hulu, the series is also expected to stream on Star+ in Latin America, and on Disney+ in all other territories.
Valdes most recently appeared in the Starz Watergate drama Gaslit. Other credits include The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.