The show's creator, Mike Flanagan, confirmed that the actress who played Theodora Crain in 'The Haunting of Hill House,' will be returning to haunt fans yet again.
August ended on a high note for The Haunting of Hill House fans with a series of exciting announcements about fresh and old faces set to appear in the highly-anticipated The Haunting of Bly Manor. With the 2018 supernatural horror drama leaving a lasting impression on viewers, it's not surprising that fans are quite eager to see what the upcoming series has in store. And since the original cast did such a stellar job of portraying the Crain family, the main question posed since The Haunting of Bly Manor was announced has been whether the show's creator Mike Flanagan would be bringing them back, and if yes, who all?
You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019
Of course, we've known for a while now that Flanagan has indeed placed his winning bet on the original cast, as it was revealed in the previous months that the actors who played the distraught Crain twins, Luke and Eleanor "Nell" Crain, are returning for The Haunting of Bly Manor. According to a report by Variety at the time, actress Victoria Pedretti has been brought on board to play the lead role of the governess in the second installment of the Netflix anthology series. Meanwhile, The Wrap reported that her on-screen twin, Oliver Jackson-Cohen will be playing the character of Peter in the modern reimagining of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.
A few days ago, Flanagan took it upon himself to reveal the names of more cast members, including 2 more members of the Crain family. Taking to Twitter, the show's creator/director/writer confirmed that Pedretti and Jackson-Cohen will be joined by another one of their on-screen siblings, Kate Siegel, who played the adult version of Theodora Crain in The Haunting of Hill House. "THE HAUNTING wouldn't be THE HAUNTING without fan-favorite KATE SIEGEL... and I'm elated to confirm that she'll be joining us at BLY MANOR," he wrote.
Another Hill House alum joining the Crain siblings in The Haunting of Bly Manor is Henry Thomas, who played the younger version of the Crain patriarch, 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," tweeted Flanagan. While we are happy to hear that four notable members of the original cast are coming back to terrify viewers across the globe once again, the absence of Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, and Elizabeth Reaser will be felt.
Meanwhile, Flanagan also announced the names of the fresh faces joining Bly Manor. The newcomers include Years and Years star T’Nia Miller, iZombie and Supergirl star Rahul Kohli, and up-and-coming star Amelia Eve in pivotal roles. He saved the best for the last as he revealed that the two pivotal roles in Bly Manor, Flora and Miles, will be portrayed by young actors Amelie Smith and Benjamin Ainsworth. The line-up also includes supporting Hill House cast member Catherine Parker, who played the character of Poppy Hill, the ghost mom who looked like a 1920's flapper in the 2018 series.
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
If you’re a fan of SUPERGIRL or iZOMBIE, get ready for the remarkably charming RAHUL KOHLI, one of new leads. @RahulKohli13— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 30, 2019
And if you know THE TURN OF THE SCREW, you know how critical the characters of Miles and Flora are... I’m so grateful that we found BENJAMIN AINSWORTH and AMELIE SMITH, who will be amazing in these crucial roles.— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 30, 2019
Flanagan previously teased details about the upcoming show's plot during an interview with Birth. Movies. Death. "For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it. We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal. It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about season one, but within the framework of new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time," he said.