Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine and Jason Schwartzman joining Wet Hot American Summer

As if the cast of the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp weren’t already star-studded enough with the return of Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and others from the original movie, Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, modern day Captain Kirk Chris Pine and Jason Schwartzman have been added to the cast, according to Deadline.

Mad Men co-star John Slattery and SNL alumnae Michaela Watkins, Randall Park (Kim Jung-Un in The Interview), Jayma Mays, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Richard Schiff were previously reported additions to the eight-episode series set on the first day of camp at Camp Firewood.

Original cast members Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, Judah Friedlander, Molly Shannon and Joe Lo Truglio are also back.

Assuming there will be actors not even born yet when the original movie was filmed in Pennsylvania (it is set at a summer camp, after all) the California production will have perhaps the largest adult cast ever assembled for a summer camp movie or television show (so much for hoping this version of Wet Hot would focus a little more on the campers).


Out of the list of newcomers, Jason Schwartzman is the only one who comes to mind as having summer camp pop culture cred since he played a counselor named Cousin Ben in Wes Anderson’s 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom. It would be cool to see him working the camp canteen again as he did in that film, but the Deadline report says he will play the boy’s head counselor.

Wiig, according to the report, will play a snobby counselor at the preppy rival camp Camp Tigerclaw and Pine’s role is unkown.

Hamm is slated to play a spy. The Mad Men star visited his son Bobby at summer camp in “The Better Half” episode of Mad Men in Season 6, but the closest we ever see Don Draper to camp is when Bobby teaches him “Father Abraham” at a diner/lake resort.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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