Showtime announced several castings for the upcoming hour-long drama pilot “YellowJackets.” The latest additions to the cast are Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Juliette Lewis, and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Christina Ricci. Both stars have joined as series regulars, along with Ella Purnell, Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Sophie Nélisse, Steven Krueger, and Amy Okuda. These named join the previous confirmations, Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, and Jasmin Savoy Brown.
Written by Lyle and Nickerson, “YellowJackets” is a survival epic, horror story, and coming-of-age drama all rolled into one. The show tells the narrative of a team of talented high school girls soccer players who become survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later.
Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson created the series for Showtime, and they are executive producing and serving as showrunners on the project. Karyn Kusama will also executive produce, and will direct the pilot. Drew Comins of Creative Engine also serves as executive producer.
Lewis and Thatcher star as adult and teen versions of Natalie. Despite her natural talent, Natalie’s punk rock spirit and habit of finding trouble make her the unlikeliest member of the team. As an adult, Natalie struggles to quiet the demons that still haunt her from her time in the wilderness. Ricci and Hanratty will play adult and teen versions of Misty, the Yellowjackets’ equipment manager. Eager to please and easy to overlook, Misty’s abundance of team spirit belies a hidden dark side.
Purnell will play Jackie, the Yellowjackets’ magnetically charismatic, effortlessly popular, occasionally entitled team captain. Nélisse will play Lynskey’s counterpart as the teen version of Shauna. Krueger joins as Ben Scott, the assistant coach and the object of many an unrequited crush. Okuda will play Cat Wheeler, a history teacher recruited to bolster the female presence on the coaching staff, despite knowing literally nothing about soccer.
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