Arrested Development season 4 is a little less than a month away from its release, so fans can probably expect to see quite a bit more in the way of official media releases – photos, posters, trailers, and the like – in the next 32 days.
And, speak of the devil, Netflix has just unleashed a torrent of new character posters, stills, behind the scenes photos, and more to ramp up the season 4 publicity fervor. Plus, find out what creator Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett (GOB Bluth), and Jason Batemen (Michael Bluth) had to say about the new season storyline and format.
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The character posters showcase all the main Arrested Development characters and a corresponding quote that seemingly references something unique about each character (be it a running joke or a personality trait).
Allow us to break them down for you:
- Michael Bluth is always trying to keep the family together.
- George Michael (Michael Cera) is reserved, shy, doesn’t want to be an inconvenience.
- GOB is very adamant that magicians perform illusions, not tricks.
- In prison, George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) was constantly plagued by the “no touching” rule in the meeting area.
- Lucille (Jessica Walter) was once a patron at a chain diner where she was asked, and I quote, “Plate or platter?” (She didn’t understand the question, and she refused to respond to it.)
- Buster (Tony Hale) likes to say, “Hey, brother” to his brothers.
- Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) typically attempts to use her sexuality to her advantage, though never successfully.
- Tobias Fünke (David Cross) is a total blowhard.
- And Maeby (Alia Shawkat)…well, I don’t know. She’s feisty, I guess?
As for the still photos – they’re all great, but the one with GOB, Lindsay, and Tobias on the couch pretty much singlehandedly assuaged any fears I had (which, to be honest, were few and far between) that the principal actors couldn’t convincingly get back into the swing of these characters. Will Arnett’s body language and facial expression are quintessentially GOB. The same goes for David Cross and, to a lesser extent, Portia de Rossi.
Oh, and did you notice that Tobias is wearing Lindsay’s Shémale shirt in the photo?
NEXT PAGE: Are Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen playing themselves playing Lucille and George Bluth in the movie version of the Bluths’ lives within the ‘Arrested Development’ universe? (You, sir, are a mouthful!)
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:
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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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