'Hill House' favorites return in 'Haunting of Bly Manor'
MANILA, Philippines – The upcoming follow-up to Haunting of Hill House may tell a completely different story, but before you cry for the Crain siblings you won’t get to see again, here’s a bit of exciting news: Some of your favorites are returning in the new season.
The new season will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor, and it will be based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. (WATCH: The secret behind those spooky 'Haunting of Hill House' scenes)
It’s an entirely different story from Hill House, which followed the Crain family as they dealt with all kinds of ghosts from their childhood spent in a haunted house. The show launched on Netflix in October 2018 and quickly became a hit, as the Crain siblings – both the adult and kid versions – quickly won over viewers’ hearts. (READ: 'The Haunting of Hill House' is psychological family horror done right)
While the characters won’t be returning for Bly Manor, some of the actors will be.
It was earlier announced that Victoria Pedretti, who played the tragic Nell Crain in the first season, will be leading the cast as Dani, a governess caring for two young children.
Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKx— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) June 28, 2019
Also returning is Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who played Nell's twin, Luke. His character, Peter, has been described as "a charming fellow."
On Twitter, Director Mike Flanagan made more casting announcements, revealing that Kate Siegel, who played fan favorite and all-around bad-ass Theo Crain, will be part of the Bly Manor cast as well.
He also said that "the inestimable, irreplaceable, invaluable" Henry Thomas will be coming back. Henry played the younger version of the siblings' father, Hugh Crain.
I'm beyond thrilled to announce that the inestimable, irreplaceable, invaluable Henry Thomas has joined the cast of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR.— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 28, 2019
Rounding out the returning cast is Catherine Parker, who played the flapper ghost Poppy Hill in the first season.
Almost a decade ago, I first worked with CATHERINE PARKER on a tiny movie called ABSENTIA. Last season, she was unforgettable as Poppy Hill... today, I’m thrilled to announce that she’s joining us at Bly Manor.— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 30, 2019
Mike also announced several new faces: Years and Years star T'Nia Miller, iZombie actor Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, and newcomers Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith.
"I'm honored and so excited to work with this incredible ensemble," Mike said.
I’m honored and so excited to work with this incredible ensemble. Stay tuned for updates as we venture into Bly... it truly is a Great, Good Place.— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 30, 2019
The Haunting of Bly Manor is set to premiere in 2020. – Rappler.com