Dave Franco fully commits to Xavier by recording 4 singles and launching a website with tour dates


You could say Dave Franco is “all in” to be pop star Xavier on the Apple TV+ show the after party. Hoping to generate buzz for the comedy-drama series, Franco worked on his voice and even recorded character tracks to support the show, which is set to return for a second season in 2023.

Could we see Xavier on tour or on a spin-off show featuring his over-the-top antics? For Franco, the possibilities are endless as showrunners Phil Lord and Chris Miller see where they can take the series.

Dave Franco went all out to play Xavier on Apple TV+’s ‘The Afterparty’

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The untimely demise of Franco’s insufferable pop star Xavier isn’t exactly a spoiler; this is the premise of the show. A successful musician seeking revenge on his high school classmates for not liking him very much, Xavier lives to show off his glamorous lifestyle and generally insists on his own greatness. But when he brings a group of his classmates back to his pad for a crazy post-reunion party, the series turns into a murder mystery as he falls from his balcony to his death.

With splashes of Knives out and Colombo, the after party Hilariously dives into Chief Detective Danner’s (Tiffany Haddish) investigation into Xavier’s alleged murder. As Danner dives into the messy incident, there are plenty of possible motives. The show also has fun with the many ways Xavier earned his reputation.

Besides Haddish and Franco, the cast employs other beloved comedic actors, including Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao and Ike Barinholtz. Either way, Franco isn’t fazed by playing a “huge asshole,” as he calls Xavier. In an interview with Variety, the 36-year-old admits he enjoyed jumping headlong into character due to the material’s surprising versatility.

“I basically have to play a character asshole in all different genres,” Franco said, adding that he particularly loved the homage to ’90s teen comedies. While the character could have been monotonous, Franco praises showrunners Miller and Lord for putting him in a position to succeed on screen. “Really, this job reminded me how much fun acting can be, and I just want to work with these guys forever,” he said.

Dave Franco’s limited musical range didn’t slow him down at Xavier

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To fully commit to the role, Franco even worked on his singing voice and hit the recording studio. On a four-track EP titled RIP Xavier, Franco stays in character for the kind of high-energy club music you might expect from the fictional pop star. Jams like “Imma Live Forever” – an ironic jab at Xavier’s death – sound pretty good for radio thanks to well-known producer Stelios Phili. Franco added that the production team quickly realized his limited musical ability to make the whole thing work.

More than a few leads, you can even find potential tour dates on an “official” website for Xavier. However, the concert schedule created some confusion. Franco admitted to receiving questions online from those who hadn’t seen the after party. Some fans wondered if he had pivoted to try a career in pop music.

But while Xavier is anything but humble, Franco retains a marked humility off-screen while promoting the after party. He even continued The Late Late Show with James Corden to explain that he apologized to the dancers who worked with him on the “Imma Live Forever” music video.

“I’m sorry your life has come to this,” Franco joked to Corden about meeting the dance crew, explaining that some of the dancers had previously worked with Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber.

Apple TV+ has already renewed “The Afterparty” for a second season

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For those familiar with Miller and Lord’s work, it’s no surprise that Apple TV+ lit up the second season of the after party before Season 1 even reached its finale. A regular production team, Miller and Lord have backed a string of hit movies and TV shows, including 21 jump street, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movieand how I Met Your Mother. For the after partythey even worked in a joke about a fictional character hungry hippos movie Xavier starred in, making him a Justin Timberlake-type double threat.

Miller and Lord are also accustomed to critical acclaim, which was the case for the after party, too. The first season of the murder mystery comedy series is strong with an 89% positive rating on popular Rotten Tomatoes. They also won an Oscar together for producing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versethe first entry in a widely acclaimed Spider-Man animated trilogy.

We don’t have any specific cast details for Season 2 or when it will premiere. But Haddish should return as a star. Screen Rant speculates that, given how Season 1 ended, the story will likely revolve around the detectives (Haddish and John Early).

Franco also said he would welcome a spin-off series based on his Xavier character. However, there are no known plans for this at this time. With Apple rapidly renewing the show, an early 2023 premiere is the likely target for the after party Season 2.

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