Mike Flanagan has announced on Twitter that another The Haunting of Hill House star has joined the second installment of the anthology series, The Haunting of Bly Manor. “I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the inestimable, irreplaceable, invaluable Henry Thomas has joined the cast of The Haunting of Bly Manor,” he said.
Henry Thomas played the younger Hugh Crain in Hill House, while Timothy Hutton played the older Crain in the series.
Thomas is reteaming with his fellow Hill House stars Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who played Nellie and Luke Crain and will play new roles in Bly Manor. “We’re hanging the season on Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and in addition to them, there are going to be other familiar actors from season one,” Flanagan said previously.
Pedretti will play Dani, a governess who takes care of two very unusual children. Jackson-Cohen will play Peter, a charming young man who lives at Bly Manor and makes life very difficult for everyone who lives there. It has not been announced who Thomas will play.
Flanagan recently said that Bly Manor, which is based on Henry James’ 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw, will be much scarier. “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 a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. 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.”
The highly-anticipated The Haunting of Bly Manor will launch on Netflix in 2020.
The Turn of the Screw, originally published in 1898, is a gothic ghost story novella. Due to its original content, the novella became a favorite text of academics who subscribe to New Criticism. The novella has had differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story. However, others have argued that the true brilliance of the novella comes with its ability to create an intimate confusion and suspense for the reader.