If there's one thing we know about the upcoming Veronica Mars revival, it's that the powers that be want as many cast members from the originals series to return in some capacity.
The latest addition to the cast is Ken Marino, who played Vinnie Van Lowe in ten episodes between 2005-07, before returning for the 2014 movie sequel.
Veronica Mars creator, Rob Thomas confirmed the news via Twitter, while The Wrap is reporting that Marino is on board for three episodes.
Marino joins a returning cast that already includes Kristen Bell (Veronica), Enrico Colantoni (Keith) Jason Dohring (Logan), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Francis Capra (Weevil), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Max Greenfield (Leo D'Amato), David Starzyk (Richard Casablancas), and Adam Rose (Max).
The big name still missing from the cast is Tina Majorino, but given that casting news seems to be dropping on a daily basis, it's still possible that Majorino could show up as Mac.
Hulu placed an order for the eight-part limited series back in September after months of rumors suggested that a pickup was imminent.
The show is supposedly on track for a summer launch, but it's unclear whether all eight episodes will be bowing at once or if it will unspool weekly.
"Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry," reads the official logline.
"After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach."
Sounds interesting, right?
The good news is that we know the show will taking a more mature approach to the drama.
Hulu’s SVP of Originals Craig Erwich confirmed as much during Hulu's turn at the Television Critics Association winter press tour earlier this week.
“Rob Thomas, who is the steward of the franchise, has really threaded the needle,” Erwich said.
“From what I’ve seen of the show and read, it is very true to the character, very true to the world, true to the tone of the show and what we made people fall in love with the show, but it is definitely an update. She is not a little girl anymore. You will see her dealing with contemporary issues in a contemporary world.”
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