Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Bobby Newport, the heir to candy company Sweetums, in the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation.
Rudd has made four previous guest appearances on the critically-acclaimed comedy. In Season 4, his character ran against Leslie Knope in the Pawnee city council election. He also starred in They Came Together, which satirized the romantic comedy genre, with Amy Poehler this past year. Next year, he’ll make his debut as Scott Lang in Marvel’s Ant-Man.
Executive producer Mike Schur said: “He’s the world’s nicest human being — and the funniest. We made a list of all the people that we wanted to have back and he was high on the list, so we managed to snag him. Ben [Adam Scott] needs to fill a certain position and he thinks that Bobby might be a good candidate.”
Season 7 will also feature guest stars Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Jon Hamm, Megan Mullally, and Natalie Morales. Lowe and Jones play ex-series regulars Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins, who both moved out of Pawnee last season. Mullally, Nick Offerman’s real-life wife, has made frequent guest appearances as Ron Swanson’s ex-wife Tammy, who’s prone to creating havoc and bringing out the worst in Ron. Morales plays Lucy, one of Tom’s (Aziz Ansari) only viable love interests throughout the series.
The final season of Parks and Recreation premieres January 13, 2015.