It’s official! The entire cast of Arrested Development will be back for a fifth season of the much beloved comedy series about the hilarious Bluth family. This is a great day for fans of the brilliant series, and a reminder to anyone who hasn’t yet caught up on the four series so far, that they are available on Netflix and about as funny as a sitcom can possibly be.
Every character is an absolute gem and the roles were so perfectly cast from the start that it’s very difficult to pick a favourite Bluth family member when they are all so hysterical.
If you’re wondering where the cast have been and what might be keeping them from scheduling in dates to complete season 5, here is where you can catch them in the meantime:
The lead of the show Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth) is always appearing in various films, juggling comedy (Office Christmas Party) with drama (The Gift) but never quite giving reaching the straight man highs of Arrested Development. He has a TV drama series called Ozark on the way from the writer of The Accountant and The Judge and also starring Laura Linney. He’s also got a murder mystery film to shoot with Rachel McAdams titled Game Night which could take up a chunk of 2017.
Portia de Rossi (Lindsay Bluth) has been in TV hit Scandal for the past two years but fortunately for Arrested Development fans does not seem to have much else on the horizon meaning she should be pretty free to grab Lindsay Bluth’s ‘Slut’ t-shirt, necklace with a ‘t’ on it and start spending those Bluth company dollars again.
Will Arnett (Gob Bluth) is one of the busiest members of the cast, but has completed voicing Batman in The LEGO Batman Movie out later this year. He’s also got an amusing sounding film called Show Dogs that he’s in the process of filming currently. Once that is done, he should be able to crank up ‘The Final Countdown’ and Segway back into the Bluth family reunion.
Michael Cera (George-Michael Bluth) is also appearing in The LEGO Batman Movie as Batman’s sidekick Robin and also has five films coming out this year as well as Blazing Samurai which he is providing voice work for which will be released in 2018. By the time series 5 is out, at least we’ll all still be able to laugh at his character’s name again.
Alia Shawkat (Maeby Funke) has popped up in some great films over the last couple of years including Green Room and The Final Girls and has two TV series (Search Party and Drunk History) as well as a film called Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town also starring that kid from The Sixth Sense on the way.
Tony Hale (Buster Bluth) has also appeared in Drunk History with Alia Shawkat, has been a key cast member in Veep and also has a film titled And Then I Go on the way in 2017. Clearly, Buster needs to get back to his mother soon.
David Cross (Tobias Funke) is probably making a tidy living just from being the voice of Crane in the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, but has also has appeared in several episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and still managed to find time to join Shawkat and Hale by turning up in an episode of Drunk History. He may not be a Bluth, but he’ll always be blue… and never nude.
Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth Sr.) has been keeping himself very busy with acclaimed TV series Transparent and has three films on the way in 2017 including one directed by Armando Ianucci of Veep and The Thick of It fame titled The Death of Stalin. In this he features alongside an absolutely cracking cast including Michael Palin, Paddy Considine, Steve Buscemi and (hello to) Jason Isaacs. Finally, in another Arrested Development reunion, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) have been providing voices together in TV series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Apart from that, Walter should be pretty free to deliver plenty of Lucille’s winks again soon.
Last but not least, Ron Howard has plenty on his plate as a director including three upcoming projects that have been announced, but can surely afford a couple of hours to get back in the recording booth to lay down his narration for the new series. Altogether now… “On the next Arrested Development…”