Dream Casting the Second Season of The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House hit Netflix just a few weeks before Halloween, and it took the internet by storm. The series blends horror tropes and jump scares with a surprising amount of character and depth, and a few tragic deaths as well. It also tells what feels like a complete story. Still, Netflix is rarely willing to give up on shows that proves to be successful, and Hill House was a smashing success for them. Though the story of the Crain family is over, according to Mike Flanagan, the story of Hill House likely isn’t. Next season it’s probable to get a whole new slew of characters and, given the success of the first season, that could mean some bigger names on the project. Here’s a few names that should definitely be in the mix if Netflix decides to give the show a second season with a new cast.
Matt Bomer isn’t necessarily a huge name, but it’s a really well-established one. His acting credits have proven his versatility, and he has the right vibe for a project like Hill House.
One of the best and most frustrating things about the show’s first season was the way that most of the show’s characters were so reluctant to believe that anything supernatural was going on. Bomer has the kind of incredulous demeanor that would make him a perfect fit inside a family being haunted.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar has had the kind of career that was characterized by her work in a single role — as Buffy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s her work on that show that would make her such a perfect fit for the world of Hill House. She has an instantly likable persona, and Hill House could play with that in interesting ways. All of the characters on the show’s first season were prickly for one reason or another, but Sarah has always had a keen sense of how to make complex people distinctly human.
She’s played characters in the horror realm before, but part of what made her so great on Buffy was her ability to carry her character’s traumas. Buffy was a once-in-a-lifetime part, but SMG deserves a chance to show off her chops in something that’s worthy of her talents.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is obviously best known for his work on Game of Thrones. As Jamie Lannister, a good man who was thoroughly warped by how others saw him, he plays a man who’s forever haunted by a past he can never erase.
If Nikolaj can play that kind of hurt on a different kind of show, blending terror with his own feelings of guilt, he can turn in a special performance. Part of the brilliance of his work on Thrones is the way that he creates a feeling of real conflict, both in other characters and in viewers. Jamie is a good man, but he consistently allies himself with the wrong people. Nikolaj plays the part brilliantly, and he could bring that same sense of conflict to his work on Hill House.
Yvonne Strahovski’s career has already given audiences a sense of her ability to play traumatized, wounded women. In her work on The Handmaid’s Tale, Strahovski is a both deeply unlikable and inherently sympathetic. Hill House was at its best in its first season when it gave actors a chance to play those kinds of contradictions.
Yvonne would be an excellent addition to the show precisely because she’s so good at making even terrible people feel sympathetic. She also knows how to incorporate a character’s past with her present motivations, and since Hill House is so interested in trauma, that skill may come in handy.
Readers may know Terry O’Quinn first and foremost for his work on Lost. Over the course of that show’s run, Terry got to play a vulnerable man of faith and a figure of great menace and villainy.
During Hill House‘s first season, the family patriarch, played by both Henry Thomas and Timothy Hutton, is a central presence. Terry could slot into a similar role as a haunted, tragic figure whose motivations are difficult to suss out. Keeping viewers guessing is part of Hill House’s appeal, and there are few actors who are better at that than Terry O’Quinn.
Donald Sutherland has had one of the greatest and most varied careers in Hollywood history. He’s been in everything from classics like M*A*S*H and Ordinary People to the Hunger Games films. It was in those YA films that Donald proved how menacing he could be, and it’s why he would be perfect as the face of some sort of menacing ghost during the show’s second season.
In Hill House‘s first season, the evils inside the house remained largely faceless. He could provide the show with a change of pace. Assuming that most of the characters on this second season will be haunted, it would be great to see what Donald can do as the one doing the haunting.
Linda Cardellini is another actress who’s had a long, storied career. Even so, Linda rarely gets the chance to take on the meaty, interesting roles that she deserves. On a show like this, where every character gets a chance to shine, she could finally find a role that’s deserving of her talents.
Like Sarah Michelle Gellar, the Age of Ultron actress has an inherently likable screen presence. Nevertheless, she’s great at playing complex characters. She’d be a perfect fit for the kind of off-kilter, haunted character that Hill House was so full of in its first season.
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