Only Murders in the Building, the breakaway Hulu hit starring Steve Martin, has a new tenant.
Paul Rudd is joining the cast of the mystery-comedy, which also stars Martin Short and Selena Gomez, Variety reported Tuesday. He will be on board for Season 3.
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It’s unclear whether Rudd will be part of the main cast or mostly make appearances on the show.
Series co-creator John Hoffman reportedly issued a statement on Rudd’s casting.
“Paul Rudd, after making an auspicious entrance into the world of our show at the end of Season 2 as Ben Glenroy, is someone we clearly want to know more about and see in our upcoming Season 3 — as he is a clear source of many upcoming questions and, as ever with our show, many twists yet to come!” Hoffman said.
While exciting for fans of Only Murders in the Building, Rudd’s casting probably isn’t a surprise. After all, he showed up in the finale of Seasons 2 as Broadway star Ben Glenroy.
Only Murders in the Building is one of the most popular TV shows streaming online. To boot, it’s up for four Emmy Awards and boasts a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In late October, Hulu Originals President Craig Erwich told Vulture that it “is the most-watched comedy ever on Hulu, by a good measure.”
Only Murders in the Building will compete for Best Comedy Series at the Emmys, which take place on September 12. It’s also up for 16 other Emmys including Best Lead Actor in a Comedy — for which Martin and Short are each nominated (of course).
Steve Martin And Martin Short, Together Again
The red-hot show revolves around three strangers who are hooked on true crime. They start their own podcast, conduct their own murder investigations, and hijinks ensue.
Martin and Short are hardly strangers in real life, though. Since they starred in 1986’s Three Amigos!, they occasionally team together for various projects. For the July 4 long weekend, Martin and Short played three concerts together at the Hollywood Bowl, which holds 17,500. They’re also currently touring under the name Steve Martin & Martin Short: You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today.
Steve Martin and Martin Short also good friends off the screen as well. In fact, Martin Short recently joked about their friendship during a Friday interview on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
We’re a team now. We’re like Florida and a lower-back tattoo,” he said.
On Friday, Steve Martin struck a more somber note when he said he’s probably going to retire from acting after his Hulu show.
“When this television show is done, I’m not going to seek others,” Martin said, via The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not going to seek other movies. I don’t want to do cameos. This is, weirdly, it.”