Henry Thomas officially returning for 'The Haunting of Bly Manor'
After the runaway success of “The Haunting of Hill House”, a follow-up was always going to be on the cards. In the months since the first season dropped, fans have been desperately guessing how the sequel would pan out and who would be involved. Now, finally, we’re beginning to get a few answers.
On Twitter this week, the series' creator and head Haunting honcho Mike Flanagan revealed that star of season one Henry Thomas will be returning to the set. Though “The Haunting of Bly Manor”, which is based on Henry James’ classic novella “The Turn of the Screw”, will tell a completely different story to “Hill House”, Thomas’ addition to the cast suggests that the lineup of actors may well be similar to that of the original.
Check out Victoria Pedretti confirming her involvement in "Bly Manor" here:
Having played a younger version of the Crain family patriarch in season one, Thomas’ new role is being kept shrouded in mystery. However, we also know that he is joining Victoria Pedretti, who played the older Nell Crain in the original, as a recurring cast member. Pedretti’s role is rumoured to be that of “the governess”, although further details remain sketchy.
In his tweet confirming the move, Flanagan described Thomas as “inestimable, irreplaceable, invaluable,” and added that he was “beyond thrilled” about his return to the team. In addition to Bly Manor, Flanagan is also currently finishing work on his sequel to “The Shining”, titled “Doctor Sleep”, as well as a second Netflix horror series “Midnight Mass”. With such a hectic schedule, the announcement of Thomas’ return will doubtless come as a relief.
The “Haunting” series is not the first time that Thomas and Flanagan have worked together. The pair were first united during Flanagan’s thrilling Netflix film “Gerald’s Game”, during which Thomas played the main protagonist’s sinister father. Given what went on during “The Haunting of Hill House”, the pair are clearly both comfortable with horror.