Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen are the latest stars set to appear in the upcoming new series of US sitcom Arrested Development, which will be available only via online streaming service Netflix.
Wiig will appear as a younger version of the show’s overbearing matriarch Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter), reports Vulture, while Rogen’s role is yet to be confirmed.
Wiig and Rogen starred opposite each other in 2007 romcom Knocked Up, and both actors are firmly part of Tinseltown’s A-list. Wiig earned a Golden Globe nomination for co-writing and starring in 2011’s Bridesmaids, while Rogen is also known for appearing in stoner comedies Pineapple Express and Superbad.
The pair join a growing list of guest stars scheduled to appear in the new series of Arrested Development, including talk show host Conan O’Brien and actress Isla Fisher.
Arrested Development aired for three series on Fox from 2003-2006 before being cancelled. Netflix picked up the rights to the show in 2011 and the streaming video service will debut 14 new episodes online in May.
The new series will differ from AD’s first three seasons, with each episode focused on a different character. The first instalment will centre on main protagonist Michael Bluth, played by Jason Bateman.
The Arrested Development cast recently convened at the Television Critics Association winter press tour where they confirmed that they’re intending for a film to follow the new season.
Speaking at the event, creator Mitchell Hurwitz said: “This is the first act of what we would like to complete in a movie. These are episodes that set that up. One does not work without the other.”
And with comedy big-hitters like Wiig and Rogen behind the show, it looks increasingly likely that a big-screen version of Arrested Development will happen.