'Only Murders in the Building' season 3 has a new famous face to add to the list

The cast for 'Only Murders in the Building' season 3 is growing, and it includes a Netflix fan-favorite

Only Murders in the Building: Oliver, Charles and Mabel in the hallway of the Arconia
(Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Our inner sleuth is curious about Only Murders in the Building season 3.

We wrapped up Only Murders in the Building season 2 in the summer of 2022 with an unexpected appearance from Paul Rudd, who played actor Ben Gilroy. Now we already have a crime to solve for the third season, as the ageless Paul Rudd—err, Gilroy—left as quickly as he appeared. 

Rudd, an IRL friend of both Martin Short and Selena Gomez, was the obvious choice for the part, according to co-creator John Hoffman, who spoke to TVLine about the season 2 finale.

"He seemed like a logical person to go to with a ridiculous request, which was, 'Can you come be in the last five minutes of season 2, potentially with an option to return [for] season 3,' Hoffman told the outlet. 

But it looks like the celebrity cameos don't end with the Clueless alumn. See who else is venturing to the Arconia in season 3. (Hint: you won't be disappointed!)

*WARNING: Season 2 spoilers ahead*

'Only Murders in the Building' season 3: what we know

At the time of publication, Only Murders in the Building season 3 is being filmed, and luckily, we're getting a few glimpses about what to expect ahead of the premiere. 

Who's joining the 'Only Murders in the Building' season 3 cast?

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams is joining the season 3 cast in a recurring role, per Deadline. According to the official character description, the Tony Award nominee will play "a documentarian with a particular interest in the case" that Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez), Charles Haden-Savage (Steven Martin) and Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) are working on. But will Williams' character be a friend or foe to our favorite Upper West Siders?

In January 2023, we also learned that the iconic and lovable Meryl Streep will be part of the third installment, though it's not clear what her role will entail just yet. Fans were treated to a fun cast shot—Rudd and Streep included with the main trio— on social media, and naturally, everyone lost their cool. 

"This season will be 'only legends in the building'," an Instagram user declared.

Another chimed in with, "Season 3 is going to be EPIC!!!" 

Then, on February 23, we learned that Ashely Park from Emily in Paris will make her way over from the City of Lights to the Upper West Side of New York City. She will be playing a Broadway star, which is in a sense true, given that she starred in Tina Fey's Mean Girls on Broadway. 

We get a sense of her singing chops on Emily in Paris, particularly in season 3 where she covers "Shallow" and a Dua Lipa favorite, "Don't Start Now." Her role in the rom-com series earned her a Critics’ Choice nom for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series," making Park the the first Asian American Actress to receive a nod in the category, according to Deadline.

What will 'Only Murders in the Building' season 3 be about?

On July 11, Hulu execs confirmed just what we were hoping: more drama in the Arconia!

"We are grateful to be able to continue telling the stories of Charles, Oliver and Mabel to viewers that have consistently shown us they crave more of this story," Craig Erwich, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president, said in a statement.

Where do you think the adventure will take us next? According to Hoffman, plenty is still TBD. 

"What we have planned is insane and so exciting. It’s also very twisty. We try to check ourselves, like, 'OK, what can we do and how can we do this differently?' and 'What feels like a different take? A fresh take," he told TVLine. 

We do know that Rudd's character (Ben Gilroy) unfortunately lost his life in season 2, but we're not sure how the new faces will intertwine as Mabel, Charles and Oliver attempt to piece together his death. 

When will 'Only Murders in the Building' season 3 premiere?

Hang tight, folks—Only Murders in the Building season 3 is currently in production, but a premiere date for the Hulu hit is still under wraps.

What happened in 'Only Murders in the Building' season 2?

Before we get caught up in another murder, let's get back to Bunny.

We were left with so many questions about the death of the Arconia board president in the sophomore season, and it only made sense to continue to see how the UWS tragedy unfolded. (Justice for Bunny!) 

Considering Cinda's demure assistant Poppy was responsible for the grouchy old woman's demise—you'll have to catch the finale to find out why—we obviously need more details about that whole scenario. 

Plus, there are new and returning faces that have made themselves comfy in the luxury apartment building—like Amy Schumer— and amongst the trio—but their character arcs haven't quite played out. We're simply dying to see who will appear in the Arconia elevator next.

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Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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