Is anyone new joining the cast?
In addition to a slew of returning cast members, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Izabela Vidovic, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Dawnn Lewis will enter the fold as new characters worth getting excited about.
What is the 'Veronica Mars' revival about?
Great question. While Veronica Mars previously relied on a case-of-the-week formula through the end of Season 3, the revival will go in a different, significantly darker direction, with Rob Thomas teasing one long serialized season arc.
The official plot synopsis for the new season (per TheWrap) reads: "Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town's lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son's killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave's wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast's answer to Daytona Beach."
Thomas told Entertainment Weekly at ATX that the show will also deal with Veronica’s internal struggle about her own future.
"Traditionally there are a lot of stories about men coming to this crossroads in their life where the idea of, OK, commitment, family, mortgage, kids is one direction and freedom, irresponsibility, 'do whatever I want' is the other direction. I was interested in putting Veronica at that crossroads. A big part of the story has to do with what kind of life Veronica wants to live."
In addition, he previously tweeted that the overall tone of the revival will lean more heavily on the present crime drama rather than dwelling on the past.
"I will say this: the movie was nostalgic. The Hulu limited series isn't going to be. Hardcore So-Cal noir. One big case. Eight episodes to tell the story. This is a detective show," he wrote.
This is in keeping with comments Bell made on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio show, in which she implied the eight episodes are much different in tone than Marshmallows are used to.
"It’s gonna be a much darker world, it's going to be a bigger world, it’s definitely not what we did on UPN or the CW, so I want to brace fans for that, that it's going to be darker and bigger and more cinematic, a little bit different," she said.
To summarize: There will be bombs, Spring Break, a darker tone, limited nostalgia, internal struggles about Veronica’s future and hopefully more of her "epic" love story with Logan.