Arrested Development’s season 4 episodes on Netflix are right around the corner (May 26!), and Hypable had the chance to speak to the cast ahead of the highly-anticipated return to the small screen.

Though we’ll be unveiling the majority of our interviews later this month, for now we can share a little tease to whet your frozen banana-craving appetite.

Seven years off the air is a long time. But when the cast reunited on May 4 to speak to the media, it felt like we just tuned into for the premiere of season 3. Save for the two lead kid actors Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth) and Alia Shawkat (Maeby Fünke), the cast still have the same looks, wit, and energy you fell in love with during seasons one through three.

Now Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, and the rest of the original cast are back for a 15-episode run on Netflix at the end of this month. They spoke with Hypable and other media about all areas of the triumphant return, including one of the most pressing questions…

Is the original ‘Arrested Development’ magic still there?

Arrested Development season 4 interviews - Jessica WalterThe cast is confident that fans will enjoy the new episodes as much as they did the original three seasons. Walter, who plays Lucille Bluth, recalled the moment it felt like they were truly back in action. “The first time we all sat down in that penthouse which was recreated, we were so excited,” she told us. “We needed about 30 minutes to calm down. And once we heard the voices and saw the faces that looked the same, except for the kids who are now adults, that’s when I knew we were really back. It was surreal.”

Cross echoed the “surreal” sentiment and added that it was “cool for all of us to be looking at each other in our outfits and getting to do this after seven years. That’s when it felt real real.”

What’s different in season 4?

When asked if the characters have changed since we last saw them, the group were compelled to emphasize that things have actually gotten worse – in a way only Arrested Development fans can appreciate. “We don’t really grow that much – uhmmmmm, riiiight?” de Rossi mused.

“Things have actually gone the opposite direction,” Bateman admitted amongst laughter from his fellow cast. “If we’re ever full rehabilitated, there would be no show. We’re deeply banged up. The seven years off have not been kind to any of us. The fun is seeing everybody’s flaws.”

“The desperation is magnified,” said Walter.

“Overall, the tone is a lot darker,” added Bateman.

De Rossi disagreed. “It feels very similar to the original series though, to me.”

Bateman insisted “there’s there’s a little more edge.”

Arrested Development season 4 - Jason BatemanThe cast were all in agreement about one big difference that may be quickly noticed by fans. The individual cast members’ busy filming schedules outside of Arrested Development meant it was difficult to get them all together for shoots. Because of this, it will be rare to see many of the characters together in the same scene. In fact, Walter tells us that there are only two scenes in the entire 15 episodes where the entire cast is assembled in one room.

“It is one of the differences that people are going to have to make a friend of,” Bateman told us. “Not everybody is in every episode. As much as you treat these as individual episodes, the fifteen are meant to be one singular act of this three-act saga that [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to tell. It’s a good thing that they’re all being released on the same day, so that you can get your fill of everyone.”

We’ll release our full report from our time with the Arrested Development cast later this month prior to the release of the 15 episodes on Netflix.

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.