Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci Among 8 Cast in Showtime Pilot ‘Yellowjackets’

Survival horror centers on a girls soccer team who becomes stranded in the wilderness

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Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci have joined the cast of the Showtime pilot “Yellowjackets,” the premium cable network announced on Tuesday.

Ella Purnell, Sophie Nélisse, Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Steven Krueger and Amy Okuda will also join the previously announced Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress and Jasmin Savoy Brown.

Created by “Narcos” alums Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, the drama centers on a “wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness.”

The potential 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, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.”

“Destroyer” helmer Karyn Kusama is set to direct the pilot.

Lewis and Thatcher will star as the 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 will play 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.