The original Wet Hot American Summer was only a modest box office success upon its original release all the way back in 2001, but ever since then the raucous comedy – which depicted the rowdy comings and goings of counselors and campers on the last day at a 1981 Jewish summer camp – has gained a legion of loyal fans and become a cult classic. So it was no surprise that Netflix’s 2015 limited series prequel, “First Day of Camp,” was a big enough success to warrant the cast coming back for a third go ’round.
Now, the new sequel series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later has begun to announce its cast, offering up a set of faces new and old.
Announced today via Deadline, Marissa Ryan will return to her original role as Abby in the sequel series, which as the title suggests involves a ten year reunion for characters who attended the camp in the original film and prequel series. Abby was known as the “resident loose-girl” character in the prior installments, where her affections (and the vying there of) drove a variety of narratives. So, fans will likely be especially interested in how her adult life turned out.
New characters are also set to join the ensemble, with Mark Feuerstein being similarly announced by Deadline to take part in the sequel series as a yet unnamed character described as a rich and powerful businessman who, despite being new to the cast, is (somehow) believed to have been part of the group all along – signaling that his true identity may be either a secret or the basis for meta-humor within the series itself.
The full cast for the new series has not yet been announced, though it’s expected that all or most of the main earlier cast (culled partially from writer/director David Wain’s “stock company” going back to the short-lived MTV sketch comedy series The State) will be back onboard in some capacity. Commenting about the project previously, featured actor Michael Ian Black said:
“I’ve sort of known about it for several months. I haven’t talked to [creators] David Wain and Michael Showalter too much about it in terms of what they’re thinking about storylines. But as far as I know, everybody is doing it. I don’t think they’d want to do it if the vast majority of the original cast weren’t on board. As far as I know, everyone’s doing it.”
Ryan will next be seen in the indie feature Middleground. Feuerstein recently completed an eight season run as the lead of USA’s Royal Pains series, and will next appear in the limited-series revival of Fox’s Prison Break.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will see release on Netflix sometime in 2017.