'Dummy': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Anna Kendrick's Quibi show

'Dummy': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Anna Kendrick's Quibi show
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Is writer's block real or what? Quibi's 'Dummy' explores the question with the divinely hilarious Anna Kendrick and the very charming Meredith Hagner coming together to help Kendrick's Cody get over her block — with a twist. 

The promising short series follows Hagner as Barbara, a sex doll who comes into Cody's possession after her previous owner throws her out. Now with only Cody being able to hear her, Barbara helps her get through her block. 

Founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Quibi — which is short for "quick bites" — features content that is 10 minutes or shorter aimed for mobile viewing. Here is everything you need to know about Quibi's 'Dummy':

Release date

'Dummy' will premiere on April 20, 2020. 


'Dummy' is a buddy comedy that follows the story of an aspiring writer Cody (Anna Kendrick) and her boyfriend's (Logue) sex doll Barbara (Meredith Hagner).

Barbara is an inanimate sex doll but the self-proclaimed feminist is spoiled, jealous and manipulative and will do whatever it takes to get her way. After she is discarded by her previous owner, she convinces Cody to take her home and help her with her writer's block.

Originally written as a television pilot, the project was then developed into a film script eventually becoming Quibi's 10-minutes-or-less bites. 'Dummy' is a serialized movie-length story that is now told in chapters 10 minutes or less. 


Anna Kendrick as Cody

Anna Kendrick attends the Kate Spade New York Arrivals during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)

Kendrick requires no introduction. The actress is best known for her performance as Beca Mitchell in the 'Pitch Perfect' movie franchise. She has played the role of Jessica Stanley in 'The Twilight Saga' and 'Up In The Air', a role for which she received the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 

Meredith Hagner as Barbara

Meredith Hagner attends the 'Palm Springs' premiere party at Audible Speakeasy during the 2020 Sundance Fiˆlm Festival on January 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah (Getty Images)

Hagner is best known for her performance of Portia in 'Search Party' and for playing Heather on 'Horse Girl and Amy Jordan on 'Men At Work'. She also starred in 'As the World Turns'.


Created by Cody Heller, Tricia Brock will be directing 'Dummy'. Kendrick will be executive producing the show alongside Heller, Brock, Katzenberg and Whitman. 


You can watch a sneak peek into the series here. In the video, Anna Kendrick's Cody is in her room immersed behind a laptop trying to write a scene when she is summoned by someone.

At first, Cody tries to ignore the voices, but then eventually goes to check what is happening. We then see a sex doll lying flat on the ground outside Cody's house — implying Barbara was thrown off the terrace. The bite-sized installments promise a hilarious tale of a sex doll helping a writer deal with her block. 

Where to watch

'Dummy' will be available to stream on Quibi on April 20, 2020. 

If you like this, you will love these:

'Pitch Perfect'

'Search Party'

'Up In The Air'

'A Simple Favor'

'Men At Work'

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