It's been a long seven years for fans of Arrested Development, but finally, the canceled Fox series is inching closer to the premiere of its long-awaited season 4. The original run of Arrested Development was known for attracting a number of top-notch guest stars, including Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Carl Weathers.
Season 4 is already set to include guest appearances from a slew of new stars as well as the returns of fan favorites Henry Winkler and Liza Minnelli. Now two new actors – movie stars in their own right – have joined the ranks.
Netflix has confirmed that Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen have signed on for guest spots on the show. There's currently no word on what character Rogen will be playing (though we wouldn't be surprised if he were cast as a young George/Oscar Bluth), but Vulture reports that Wiig will appear as none other than the young Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter).
Don't expect any Looper-style plot twists, though. Wiig will play the matriarch of the delightfully dysfunctional Bluth clan only in flashback. Still, this is a great opportunity for the show's creative team to visit the family's oft-referenced sordid past.
Casting Wiig makes perfect sense, as the wry wit she's perfected on Saturday Night Live and in films like Bridesmaids will mesh well with the tone and style of the show. This character in particular – with her wide-eyed expressions, boozing and moments of sheer panic – seems like something right out of Wiig's wheelhouse.
It's not clear how much of a role "young Lucille" will play in the show, but Wiig is likely to make the most of whatever screen time she receives. Besides, the current plan, according to creator Mitch Hurwitz, remains to follow up the upcoming slate of episodes with a theatrical adventure for the Bluth family. So there's always the potential for Wiig's role to be expanded down the line, should fans respond.
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Arrested Development season 4 will be released on Netflix in May 2013.