EXCLUSIVE: More big names are joining the large ensemble cast of Netflix’s limited series Wet Hot American Summer. I hear Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Jason Schwartzman have been tapped for guest starring/recurring roles in the eight-part series from Michael Showalter and David Wain.
They join some 20 returning cast members from the movie, including Wiig’s SNL co-star Amy Poehler, Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Kevin Sussman, as well as another dozen of newcomers including Michaela Watkins, Hamm’s Mad Men co-star John Slattery, Josh Charles, Randall Park, Jayma Mays, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Richard Schiff.
I hear Hamm will play a secret spy, Wiig is playing a snobby counselor at the preppy rival camp Camp Tigerclaw, Schwartzman is the boy’s camp head counselor while Pine’s character is described as mysterious. Netflix declined comment. The 2001 cult film was set on the last day at a fictional Jewish summer camp in 1981; the series is set on the first day. Neflix just released a first teaser for the project, set to debut in the summer.
Showalter and Wain — who wrote the movie — created the limited series, with Wain reprising directing duties and Showalter serving as showrunner. The two are executive producing alongside the film’s producer Howard Bernstein, Jonathan Stern and Peter Principato.
Pine, repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management and attorney Michael Gendler, co-stars in Into thTe Woods and was in Sundance for Z For Zachariah. He next will be seen in Finest Hours. Bridesmaids star Wiig has just been confirmed as one of the leads of the Ghostbusters reboot.