For the first Psych: The Movie, the folks behind the scenes at the USA series managed to bring someone spectacular to the table in Zachary Levi. Moving into the second movie, it appears that Joel McHale is going to be the next great guest star.
In a post on Twitter, Timothy Omundson — now back on set after a difficult past couple of years and a heck of an inspirational recovery — confirmed via a cheeky photo that the former Community star is going to be playing some sort of part in the new movie. As for what that is, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s possible that he could be some sort of new adversary to Shawn and Gus or at least a thorn in their side that they encounter at some point along the way.
While McHale hasn’t had a series-regular gig on a scripted series since his CBS comedy The Great Indoors, he has built a rather impressive resume of guest arcs over the past several years. We’ve seen the actor stop by Santa Clarita Diet on a number of occasions (ironically alongside Psych’s own Maggie Lawson) plus also roles on The X-Files and Drunk History. He’s already been tapped to host the revival of the game show Card Sharks. We think that the idea of he and Omundson working together is delicious, given that you have two actors who excel at playing sharp, snarky characters with a heart of gold both in the same place. We’re expecting a lot of comedy here, but also some scary situations — remember that Omundson’s Lassiter is going to be at a recovery center for much of the movie after being attacked, and it is some strange circumstances at this place that lead to some appearances from Shawn and Gus in the first place. This movie will spend a little more time under the Santa Barbara skies that started it all. (Well, Santa Barbara skies on the show — the series actually films in Vancouver.)
For those wondering, Jimmi Simpson has also confirmed that he will be back in the movie in the role of Mary Lightly, which he has taken on both in the first movie alongside several episodes of the original series. It’s one of the better roles that we’ve seen in a recurring capacity throughout the show’s run, at least when you think about memorability.
There is no premiere date as of yet for Psych: The Movie 2, but at the moment, our expectation is that we’re going to have a chance to check this out at some point moving into the end of the year. That makes sense given the current timing of its filming. What better event is there for the holiday season than this? It’s a return to a beloved property and one that we’re hoping spawns many more movies in the future.
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