Netflix Flexes Strength: Lands Wiig, Hamm For 'WHAS'

Fresh off wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Netflix announces serious A-listers for 'Wet Hot American Summer' series.
Posted at 4:29 PM, Jan 29, 2015

Netflix just added four more award-winning actors to its Rolodex of high-profile names. 

Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine and Jason Schwartzman are the latest celebrities reportedly joining Netflix's limited series reboot of the cult-movie classic "Wet Hot American Summer."

You might remember this line from the film: "Your campers are stuck in the ropes course. I meant to tell you about that yesterday. Could you get to it now?" (Video via USA Films)

Deadline reports Wiig and Schwartzman will play counselors: Schwartzman as the head counselor of the boy's camp and Wiig as the counselor of the snooty rival, Camp Tigerclaw. Hamm is rumored to play a spy, and Pine's role is a mystery. 

The four will join much of the original cast from the 2001 movie. Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and more are returning.

Now, these are A-list, Oscar-nominated, movie-star celebs we're talking here. 

Snagging the old cast members maybe wasn't as much of a surprise. When Netflix revived "Arrested Development," the original cast also returned. Getting actors back on board for projects they loved is doable. 

But to grab new talent as big as Kristen Wigg and Jon Hamm? It speaks to the power of Netflix right now. 

"We also want to say a massive thank you to Netflix, Lionsgate, our family there," said Uzo Aduba as she accepted the award on behalf of the cast of "Orange is the New Black," an original series on Netflix.

"Netflix, not for a second, in both that first two episodes and in every episode since, has ever come to us with a concern," said Kevin Spacey when he accepted an award for his role in the Netflix original series, "House of Cards."

Netflix is riding an awards-season high. It just snagged Golden Globes and SAG Awards for "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." The wins could definitely have been a boost in signing on big talent for "Wet Hot American Summer."

This week Netlfix released a teaser for the eight-episode miniseries "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," and it's all about confirming some of those big names. Literally — it just lists the names. 

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