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Arrested Development premiere set

Published 05/04/2013 | 11:34

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Michael Cera is returning to his Arrested Development role

Michael Cera is set to return to screens for new episodes of Arrested Development.

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The Canadian actor will reprise his role as George Michael Bluth, alongside fellow co-stars Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett and David Cross in the show's long-awaited comeback, which will be available to stream on Netflix on May 26.

The comedy has been expanded again to 15 episodes from its initial 10, although Netflix has insisted that this new batch of instalments does not amount to a fourth season.

Jason previously told Empire: "It will be extremely complicated for the viewers. These episodes are all separate, with each character getting their own episode, but all the action happens simultaneously."

The returning cast members will be joined by guest stars Henry Winkler, Ben Stiller, Mae Whitman, Scott Baio, Judy Greer and Liza Minnelli, with new characters played by John Slattery, Isla Fisher, Terry Crews and Erin Moran.

Created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with Ron Howard as executive producer and the show's uncredited narrator, Arrested Development ran for three series until it was cancelled by Fox in 2006 following low viewer ratings. The six-time Emmy-winning programme has since gained cult status.

Jason has hinted that the new episodes could lead to a film, telling Zap2it blog: "There's a big story that the showrunner wants to tell, this guy Mitch Hurwitz. Every time he'd try to fit it all in one movie, it wouldn't work.

"So he decided to put the first third of it in these episodes, and act two and act three will be inside a movie that we will do later."

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