Jason Bateman says season 5 of ‘Arrested Development’ will be a murder mystery

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Liza Minnelli as Lucille Austero. FOX/Netflix

Jason Bateman is a serious actor now: Netflix’s new drama series “Ozark” premieres Friday, and Bateman stars as a man laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel.

And it sounds like the next season of “Arrested Development” is getting a little serious, too.

In an interview with EW Radio, Bateman revealed some exciting details about season five of the beloved comedy. According to Bateman, the central storyline for the season will be solving the murder of Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli) also known as Lucille Two, who went missing in season four. Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) was arrested in connection with her disappearance, after he touched her blood on the infamous stair car, but pretty much all the Bluths have a motive.

“The central spine of that story is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit, who may have done it, who had something to do with it,” Bateman said Wednesday. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colourful plot complications that he knows how to do.”

Bateman also mentioned that the cast will be acting all together in the flesh in season five, and not green-screened together like they were in season four:

“Because of certain limitations we had with actors’ schedules and exclusivities to other shows, and budgetary constraints, [Hurwitz] had to pivot a bit off of that. And also it was an interesting thing for him to do because he was embracing the interface of Netflix, which was fairly new at the time in original programming, and wanted to be able to basically have you click out of one episode, and click into somebody else’s episode, and see a different view point on this simultaneous action. Ultimately, editorially, it didn’t really come together as well as he wanted it to, and then he had to dictate an order of watching, and it ended up being a little bit more complicated than I think one intended. But we’re still very proud of those episodes obviously — and really excited that we get to be together in these.”