Elijah Wood and Jason Ritter are joining the highly anticipated second season of the hit Showtime series.
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Ever since the shocking Season 1 finale of “Yellowjackets” last year, Showtime fans have been clamoring for another decades-old mystery to be solved as part of the teen cannibal series. Did the grown-up Lottie, now played by Simone Kessell, kidnap Natalie (Juliette Lewis)? What does adult Van (Lauren Ambrose) have to do with Lottie’s murderous, dark-spirited plot? How many blood sacrifices does Taissa (Tawny Cypress) make? And then really What happened to Shauna’s (Melanie Lynskey) baby?
The buzz surrounding “Yellowjackets” Season 2 also includes series newcomers Elijah Wood, who plays a civilian detective working with Misty (Christina Ricci), and François Arnaud, who is coach Scott’s (Steven Kreuger) friend. Nicole Maines has also been cast as the adult Lottie’s companion, who is similarly trying to recover from a past trauma. Meanwhile, Season 1 actress Keeya King is being replaced by “Bel-Air” star Nia Sondaya as teen Akilah. Lynskey’s real-life husband, Jason Ritter, has also been cast in an undisclosed role.
Sophie Nelisse, Sophie Thatcher, Samantha Hanratty and Jasmin Savoy Brown are back in the junior squad.
“We called Season 2 ‘The Winter of Their Discontents,'” showrunner Ashley Lyle previously revealed, referring to John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, adapted from William Shakespeare’s Act III. Richard” was inspired by a line of his work. Co-showrunner Bart Nickerson told IndieWire that the original tone of the show was “like ‘The Sopranos’ meets ‘Dazed and Confused,'” and Lyle added, “I think we also said what’s going to happen, if the kids were ‘A Dazed and Confused’ became the Donner party.”
As for Season 2, Lyle said, “You’re always trying to surpass your original vision. Certain things have changed. Certain things have remained the same. You have to leave room for things to change or for things to improve. We always try to stay flexible.”
Actress Ricci said Fun tonight that “in the first couple of scripts, the whole cast was panting” on set. “So it’s even wilder: crazier, more shocking, and really fascinating and fun,” the “Wednesday” star added.
“Yellowjackets” received seven Emmy nominations after its first season, including acting nods for Ricci and Lynskey. The third season has already been greenlit by Showtime.
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“Yellowjackets” Season 2 premieres March 24 on Showtime.
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