Patton Oswalt And Max Greenfield Join The New Veronica Mars Series

Patton Oswalt, Max Greenfield

by James White |
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Having been through the three seasons and a movie stage, Veronica Mars is headed for the next inevitable step, the re-[insert term here]. In this case, fortunately, it's revival, not reboot, with the original cast, led by Kristen Bell, back for more murder mysteries. And the ensemble now includes a returning veteran in Max Greenfield plus a newcomer to the show in Patton Oswalt.

The show will see the return of Veronica (Bell), who has a new mystery to solve when someone starts offing spring break tourists in her home town of Neptune. 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 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.

Greenfield will be back as Leo D'Amato, originally a newbie sheriff's deputy who aided Veronica in the original run and the film. Oswalt is playing Penn Epner, on the wrong side of 40 for “best pizza delivery guy in Neptune” to be his claim to fame, but his passion is true crime and is a frequent poster on unsolved murder websites. He is affable and a bit hapless, and he’s going to milk his 15 minutes for all they’re worth.

Original cast members Enrico Colantoni, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring and Ryan Hansen are all back, with Killing Eve's Kirby Howell-Baptiste also on as a new character.

Show creator Rob Thomas is once again overseeing things alongside fellow Mars creative team members Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge. The eight-episode limited series will appear first on US streaming service Hulu next year, with no word yet on when or where it'll pop up in the UK.

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