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:

(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).

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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