Michael Cera Holding Up Arrested Development Movie


The long-awaited Arrested Development movie is happening but it's currently arrested in development by one of their own.


Michael Cera, aka George Michael Bluth, is the sole cast member who has yet to sign on to the big-screen feature, E! Online reports.


"I know he's thinking about it," Jason Bateman said while promoting his new animated Fox series, Sit Down, Shut Up (premieres April 19 at 8:30 pm/ET). "And we're all awaiting some finality to all of that so Mitch [Hurwitz] can get writing."


Bateman, who turned 40 on Wednesday, clarified that Cera has not turned down the role reprisal yet, adding that he understands why the Superbad star is super wary about reuniting with the dysfunctional Bluths.


"I think Michael is clearly the guy that has come out of Arrested Development with a very big plate, so I think he's trying to really give some responsible thought to what makes sense for him to do with his career," he said. "The guy is 20 years old and I'm sure he doesn't want to screw up this opportunity."


If Cera does not come back, it will put a damper on Hurwitz's premise for the flick. Although he toyed with the idea of a prequel, featuring a kid CG version of Cera, Hurwitz, also a producer on Sit Down, Shut Up, said his plan now is to jump ahead in time.


"We're going to pick up five years later, and family dynamics change, but they also kind of stay the same," he said. "So hopefully we'll just explore where they are now."


Why do you think Cera's holding out? Will he sign on? And hasn't he basically been playing George Michael ever since the show ended?


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Jan 14, 2009 8:16PM EST

Cera should come back and recognize that AD gave him his breakout role. I mean, if Bateman is willing, Cera should be willing.

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Jan 15, 2009 10:26AM EST

Come on, now, Cera. Reprise your best role to date. You won't be young enough to do it forever.

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Mar 8, 2009 9:17PM EDT

This may have given him is big break, but I can't agree that it's his best role to date. I love the show, but he's in a primo spot right now where he could be making more movies that could solidify his status as a star and a serious actor. I could see him not wanting to be pigeon hold into just being that kid from AD. It might be a step back for him.
All that being said, I hope he does the movie. I think that writers and directors have seen that he's a capable and doing an homage to AD by being in the movie wouldn't hurt him.

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