Who's in the cast?
Devs stars Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina) as Lily Chan, a software engineer chasing the reasons behind her husband's death. Opposite her is Nick Offerman, who plays tech company Amaya's mysterious CEO, Forest. Also rounding out the cast are Karl Glusman (Nocturnal Animals), Jin Ha (Jesus Christ Superstar Live), Zach Grenier (The Good Wife), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Ladybird), Allison Pill (American Horror Story: Cult), and Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale).
Glusman plays Sergei, Lily's boyfriend; Jin Ha plays Jamie, a cyber security specialist, Grenier plays Kenton, Amaya's head of security, Stephen McKinley Henderson plays Stewart, one of Amaya's top technical minds; Pill plays Katie, a quantum physicist and Forest's second in command; Spaeny plays Lyndon, a young but stubborn member of Amaya's secret devs group.
What's the plot of Devs?
Broadly, Garland told Indiewire that Devs was inspired by two ideas. He said, "One was getting my head around this principle of determinism, which basically says everything that happens in the world is based on cause and effect… That has all kinds of implications for us: It takes away free will. And if you had a computer powerful enough, you could predict the future and understand the past." So, figure those large concepts fueling the entire series.
But more specifically, the show focuses a young software engineer named Lily Chan working for Amaya, a Silicon Valley-based tech company. After her boyfriend dies from an apparent suicide, Lily begins to investigate the circumstances of his death, suspecting that something else is going on. She quickly realizes that all of the clues lead back to Amaya's CEO, Forest, and Devs, the company's secret development division. In researching her boyfriend's death, Lily ends up uncovering a tech-based conspiracy with the potential to change the world.
Io9 reports that, based on information divulged at the New York City Comic-Con panel, the show dives deep into heavy technological concepts like artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Garland said that he originally got the idea for Devs while thinking about determinism, and the theoretical belief that a super powered computer that could theoretically predict the future. Sounds fun!