Soon we’ll say farewell to the motley crew that began their careers at the Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee, Indiana — but the cast of Parks and Recreation are moving on to bigger and better things.
In seven seasons, the show has made stars of Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman and boosted the profiles of Amy Poehler and Adam Scott. Here’s what the all-star cast will be up to next.
Amy Poehler may be leaving Pawnee, but she won’t be leaving screens anytime soon. She’ll voice Joy in Pixar’s next movie, Inside Out, before teaming up again with fellow Golden Globes host Tina Fey for a film called Sisters. The film follows two estranged adult sisters who throw a party at their parents’ house and will hit theaters in December. She’ll also join Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks in Netflix’s revival of Wet Hot American Summer.
Poehler’s been busy behind the scenes, too, with her production company Paper Kite Productions. She’s a producer for Broad City on Comedy Central and Hulu’s upcoming comedy Difficult People. She’s also developing a church comedy for NBC, the former home of Parks and Recreation.
Thanks to Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt went from a doofus who fell down a hole to a bona fide movie star. Pratt will star in four — yep, four — major movie franchises in the next few years. He will return as Emmet in a sequel to The Lego Movie as well as Star Lord in what’s sure to be many Guardians of the Galaxy followups and Avengers crossovers. He’s also starring in revivals of both the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones franchises.
As if playing the leading man in the highest-grossing franchises in Hollywood weren’t enough, Pratt is also in talks for roles in the western The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington, and a space drama called Passengers opposite Jennifer Lawrence.
Aubrey Plaza’s surly but lovable April Ludgate earned her the attention of Hollywood studios. She’s already juggled Parks and Recreation with movies like Safety Not Guaranteed, The To Do List and Life After Beth. Next, she’s set to star with Judy Greer in a film called Fresno about two co-dependent sisters. But her most anticipated upcoming feature is a comedy called Dirty Grandpa with Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, in which she’ll play De Niro’s love interest. Yep, you read that correctly.
Nick Offerman is moving from one small Midwestern town to another. The mustachioed comedian will star in season two of the FX dramedy Fargo, which takes place in 1979 Minnesota, later this year.
He also has several movies coming out soon: A Walk in the Woods with Robert Redford, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl with Connie Britton and Knight of Cups with Natalie Portman.
Just as Parks and Recreation wraps, Aziz Ansari has a new Netflix comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, premiering on March 6. The standup comic has also signed a deal to write a book on modern romance.
On television, Ansari has a recurring role on Bob’s Burgers as the voice of Darryl.
Adam Scott is taking on a wide range of roles in the next year: Right now, fans can catch him in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but he also starred in the indie rom-com Sleeping With Other People, which premiered at Sundance in February and will be released later this year. Additionally, the actor will take a serious turn in the upcoming Black Mass, which is based on the true story of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. The cast makes it sound like surefire awards bait: other featured performers in the film include Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, Sienna Miller and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson.
Rashida Jones officially exited Parks and Recreation last season, but she’s kept busy since. Her production company produced the NBC romantic comedy A to Z (which has since been canceled) and is working on another NBC comedy loosely based on Peter Pan called Wendy and Peter.
She’s also been active as a performer, starring in the Steve Carell-created TBS series Angie Tribeca and will be a voice in the animated film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations alongside Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray and Octavia Spencer.
Expect to see Rob Lowe on your TV screen again soon: Fox has ordered a pilot for a comedy about lawyers starring Lowe called The Grinder. He’s also set to star in a 10-part NBC series called Apocalypse Slaugh with Jenna Fischer and Megan Mullally.
On the silver screen, he will appear in the summer film Monster Trucks with Danny Glover.