Kristen Bell is in the process of bringing Veronica Mars back to television, and it looks as though she’s enlisting folks from her other shows to help the cause. Specifically, Veronica Mars has snagged Bell’s co-star on The Good Place, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, for a recurring role. Be on the lookout for Howell-Baptiste when the revival kicks off, as she plays the owner of a nightclub.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s character Nicole isn’t just the owner of a nightclub, however, she’s head of the most popular club in Neptune in the eyes of Spring Break tourists. Unfortunately, Veronica believes the club plays a factor in a string of deaths that are happening in the area. Deadline reports the investigator thinks the killer is selecting their victims at the club, which might explain the connection between the victims and the business.
The murders have been teased as the central part of Veronica Mars Season 4, which is said to be 8 episodes. According to the synopsis, Veronica’s investigation of the murders will put her between the wealthy residents who would rather tourists leave Neptune and the workers who rely on the revenue that comes to the area. It makes it sound as though Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s Nicole won’t secretly be the killer based on that description, but we don’t know for sure!
The gig will bring the flawless Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste back together, who only spent a brief time together on The Good Place. Bell’s Eleanor was friendly enough to Howell-Baptiste’s Simone, but the two didn’t have a ton of bonding moments outside of a pep talk Simone gave Eleanor outside of Tahani’s engagement party. In all fairness, the distance between them was probably because Eleanor was secretly jealous of Simone and Chidi’s relationship, even if she wouldn’t admit it.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s casting on Veronica Mars is another big get for the actress, who has had a knack for getting roles on acclaimed television. In addition to her role on The Good Place, Howell-Baptiste also plays Sasha Baxter on Barry, and was on BBC America’s Killing Eve. Given her recent work, it’s no wonder she found her way into a series as highly anticipated as Veronica Mars, even if she did have her former co-star to vouch for her.
The casting is just the latest news out of the Veronica Mars revival, which had been in talks for a while. After nearly a year of rumors, word finally became official in September that Hulu had secured the rights to bring the series back for Season 4. The announcement came alongside the fact that the first three seasons of the show plus the film would be available on the streaming service beginning in the summer of 2019.
Veronica Mars Season 4 is in development, with its release happening sometime in 2019. For a look at all the television coming out before the end of 2018, head on over to our fall premiere guide.