“The Haunting of Hill House” alum Henry Thomas is returning for “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” creator Mike Flanagan said on Wednesday.
Thomas, who played Hugh Crain on “Hill House,” is the third Season 1 star to join Season 2 of the Netflix horror anthology series, following the castings of Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Victoria Pedretti. The streaming service told TheWrap it’s keeping character details for Thomas’ role under wraps for now.
While “Hill House” was an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic novel of the same name, when Netflix renewed the series for Season 2 — and turned it into an anthology — in February, the streaming service revealed that it would be “a new story with all new characters” titled “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” based on “The Turn of the Screw,” Henry James’ 1898 horror novella.
Pedretti will star as a governess named Dani “who takes care of two very unusual children” and that Jackson-Cohen has been cast as Peter, described as “a charming fellow.”
“The Haunting of Bly Manor” is set to launch on Netflix in 2020.
Now dubbed the “Haunting” anthology, the show’s 10-episode first season, “Hill House,” premiered last October and centered around the Crain family: father Hugh (older version played by Timothy Hutton, younger version played by Thomas), mother Olivia (Carla Gugino), and their children, Steve (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theo (Kate Siegel), Luke (Jackson-Cohen) and Nellie (Pedretti).
The story follows the events that transpired during the one summer the Crains lived in the titular haunted home and their lives decades after leaving Hill House due to a tragic incident.
See Flanagan’s tweet announcing Thomas’ casting below.
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