‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Series Adds John Slattery, Randall Park, Lake Bell & More

By January 14, 2015

Before the end of 2014, we learned that the long-developing follow-up to David Wain’s cult classic comedy Wet Hot American Summer was finally moving forward at Netflix, and now we finally have some substantial updates on the forthcoming eight-episode series.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the project, what was once meant to be a film prequel has now become a series at Netflix. The original film is a spoof of 80s summer camp comedies that takes place on the last day of camp in 1981 with an incredible cast that included then-lesser known stars like Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd.

Now we have word from Deadline that the prequel series is set on the first day of camp, and in addition to Cooper, Banks, Poehler and Rudd returning, the rest of the hilarious cast is back too, and that includes Michael Showalter (also a co-writer), H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon and Kevin Sussman.

Wet Hot American Summer

In addition, the series has gained a whole slew of new cast members with Michaela Watkins (“Trophy Wife”), John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Randall Park (The Interview), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Lake Bell (In a World), Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”), Paul Scheer (“The League”) and Rob Huebel (“Transparent”). And of course, director David Wain will pop up again, just like he did in the movie.

Watkins is playing a tough New Yorker, Charles plays a guy at a rival camp, Huebel plays a rival professor to David Hyde Pierce’s character while Schiff is Pierce’s academic superior, Park is a librarian who is in love with Shannon’s character and Scheer is a journalist. No word on the rest of the new cast members yet though.

This cast is unbelievable. It’s super impressive that everyone from the film is coming back, but the new cast members and large size of the cast probably make it easy to shoot the series without having to get all these talents together at the same time. There’s still no word on when we’ll see this series premiere on Netflix, but production is reportedly already underway. Stay tuned to see what else we learn.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.