New ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Stills & Character Posters

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First Photo of Kristen Wiig & Seth Rogen as Lucille & George Bluth

As I was writing this article, Entertainment Weekly released a new batch of stills and behind the scenes photos from season 4, including this one featuring Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen as young Lucille and George Bluth, respectively:

Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen in Arrested Development Season 4 New Arrested Development Season 4 Stills & Character Posters

(Click the image to go to Entertainment Weekly and see the rest of the photos.)

At this point, it seems to me that Wiig and Rogen aren’t going to be appearing in a flashback, as some have predicted. Rather, they’re more likely going to be playing Lucille and George Bluth in the movie version of the Bluths’ lives that Maebe Fünke is producing within the Arrested Development universe.

Before season 4 was even in a twinkle in Mitch Hurwitz’ eye, we actually reported that that would be, in part, the plot of the proposed movie. More recently, producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer – who will also appear as themselves on season 4 – revealed that said ‘movie within a movie’ plot was now going to be a part of the TV show (and perhaps the movie, too, if it ever gets made).

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Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett, & Jason Batemen Talk Season 4 Story & Format

Finally, here’s what Hurwitz had to say about the new season:

“This year is about the enduring entanglements of family. They are 10 years older than when we met, so that means emotionally they’re, like, two years older than we met them. Amazing things happen when one goes from being emotionally 12 years old to emotionally being 14 years old.”

Will Arnett, on the other hand, put it a bit more dramatically:

“It’s the story of shame, cunning, thievery, dishonor, backstabbing, deceit, bold-faced lying, one-upmanship, psychological torture, lust, financial ruin, and magic, all supported by a very broad beam of dysfunctional love.”

And last but not least, Jason Batemen discussed the unique storytelling format of the new season:

“When Mitch started to get his arms around how all the action could happen simultaneously and there was an ability to stop one episode, start another, and have all this crossover and braided plotting, it became clear that he was going to try to accomplish something incredibly ambitious, the kind of escalation that the audience would expect from him.”

For those who don’t know, season 4 will, more or less, detail the same wacky events from the different perspectives of the main characters, and each episode will follow a single character. It’ll be interesting to see if fans accept or reject the new format – after all, change can be scary – though it’s worth pointing out that any hypothetical movie would almost certainly utilize the Arrested Development storytelling format of yore.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you guys looking forward to more Arrested Development being in your Netflix Instant Queue? Drop us a line in the comments.

Arrested Development season 4 will be available in its entirety May 26th, 2013 on Netflix.

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Sources: Arrested Development Facebook Page & EW (1, 2, 3) [via The Atlantic Wire]

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  1. Since this is netflix and not a “network” will there be any censorship. I don’t see why they would be.

    • I think the censorship made it funny. I hope they keep it.

      • I agree…
        IMO even something as small as bleeping curse words and blurring nudity would help the new season blend with seasons 1-3.

        • Totally agree. The movie should utilize bleeping, too.

  2. omggggggggggggggg

  3. I thought each episode as going to be centered around one character? That was the only reservation I had about season 4. But if multiple characters are appearing in episodes I’m good.

    • Yeah, each episode is centered on one character’s POV, but other characters will appear in those episodes.

      • I think for some folks when they heard that each episode would focus on one character they thought it meant that other characters won’t appear.
        It’s understandable but I never interpreted it that way.
        One of the many and IMO the best parts of Arrested Development was watching the Bluth’s interact with each other.
        I can see a point when maybe we don’t always see everyone but IMO without all of the Bluth’s there’s no point to the show.

        • Definitely. I mean, if they were just sort of doing small shorts or something as an intro to the movie, I guess I’d be cool with just following a single character. But with 15 full (?) episodes, we’ve gotta see the Bluths interacting.

          • I don’t think we are going to see every single Bluth in each episode though. I think Hurwitz or Howard said in an interview that as these episodes are just to show where they’ve all been for the past 10 years, they will lead into a proposed movie where they will all re-unite with each other.

            I could be wrong, and they could have changed it, but I think you’ll only get a few Bluths interacting at a time.

            • Yeah, that’s true, I don’t think they’re ALL together in any single episode – though maybe the final episode? Can’t remember precisely.

  4. HUZAAAAAH!

  5. Hey, what’s wrong with Lindsay’s face in the picture of her with Tobia and Gob? Did she get victimized by Frankenstein or what?

  6. The character posters are great

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