Netflix and the stars of shadow and bone officially return to the Grishaverse.
Season 2 of the fantasy drama, which adapts author Leigh Bardugo’s acclaimed books, has begun filming with new faces joining the cast.
mortal combatis Lewis Tan, The witcherit’s Jack Wolfe the OAis Patrick Gibson, and Traces‘ Anna Leong Brophy are the first new additions announced for the next chapter of shadow and bone, and the characters they’ll play offer clues about which books will be adapted into the ongoing saga.
Season 1 had largely adapted the events of shadow and bone, the first of Bardugo’s novels, while remixing elements of Six of Ravens, part of a duology set in the Grishaverse that she published.
DAVID APPLEBY/NETFLIX; Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Season 2 of ‘Shadow and Bone’ features ‘Mortal Kombat’ star Lewis Tan.
Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a low-ranking cartographer in the King of Ravka’s army, is revealed to be a Sun Summoner, a rare Grisha (slang for magic user) with the power to conjure sunlight. Not only that, but she is believed to be the one who prophesied the end of The Fold, a vast, treacherous land that has divided the country since it was plunged into darkness long ago by a known Shadow Summoner. as Darkling. /General Kirigan (Ben Barnes).
While the two books are set in different time periods, Bardugo, an executive producer on the series, remixed aspects of both so that they line up for the series adaptation. It looks like the same strategy will be used for Season 2.
Gibson will now bring Nikolai Lantsov to life, a character first introduced in Siege and storm, the second novel in the book series. We meet Nikolai in the source material as a privateer whose crew is hired to ferry Kirigan through treacherous waters in search of another mythical creature he hopes to turn into an amplifier. Alina had taken the one he hoped to use to magnify his power in Season 1 before fleeing into hiding with Mal (Archie Renaux).
Katalin Vermes/Netflix From left to right, Anna Leong Brophy, Lewis Tan, Patrick Gibson and Jack Wolfe join Season 2 of “Shadow and Bone.”
Tan will play Tolya Yul-Bataar, a Heartrender and member of Nikolai’s crew. He is also the twin brother of Tamar Kir-Bataar, who will be played by Brophy. Tamar also joined Nikolai for a while, but she’s a bigger figure in another Grishaverse book, king of scars, which is told from Zoya’s point of view.
Bardugo previously told EW that she expanded Zoya’s role in Season 1 with showrunner Eric Heisserer, to help lay the groundwork for where the character would end up in. king of scars. Zoya is played by Sujaya Dasgupta in the series.
Season 2 is also on track to adapt the main events of Six of Ravens. Wolfe will play Wylan Hendriks, a pivotal character in this book, who sees Kaz, Inej, and Jesper cross paths with Nina and an imprisoned Matthias. Wylan joins the Crows’ crew as a demolitions expert.
Danielle Galligan and Calahan Skogman played Nina and Matthias in shadow and bone season 1, which saw Nina have Matthias arrested and sent to an infamous prison to save him from being killed by Grisha. Galligan and Skogman have since become series regulars, alongside Daisy Head, who played Genya in the first season.
Daegan Fryklind is also joining season 2 as co-showrunner along with Heisserer, while Bola Ogun, Laura Belsey, Karen Gaviola and Mairzee Almas are set to direct two episodes each.
A premiere date has not been announced.