‘Severance’ Season 2 Adds Eight to Cast, Including Gwendoline Christie, Alia Shawkat, Bob Balaban

Severance” has added eight new cast members for Season 2.

The Apple series has cast: Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones,” “The Sandman”), Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development,” “Search Party”), Bob Balaban (“The Chair,” “The French Dispatch”), Merrit Wever (“Unbelievable,” “Godless”), Robby Benson (“Beauty and The Beast,” “One To One”), Stefano Carannante (“Mirabilia”), John Noble (“Fringe,” “Elementary,” “The Lord of the Rings” films) and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The Tourist,” “Trapped,” “The Missing”).

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The castings come as principal photography begins on the second season of the Emmy-winning mystery thriller series. They joining returning Season 1 stars Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus and Christopher Walken.

“We are thrilled and delighted to be back on set for the exciting the second chapter of ‘Severance,’” said “Severance” director and executive producer Ben Stiller. “Though we don’t know how long we’ve been gone or who we are outside, we are told people enjoy the show and we couldn’t be happier. Praise Kier!”

Balaban is repped Paradigm. Carannante is repped by Bright Artists Management. Christie is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment, Independent Talent Group in London, The Lede Company, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Noble is repped by Seven Summits, Artists & Reps, and Management 11. Ólafsson is repped by Principal Entertainment and Conway van Gelder Grant. Shawkat is repped by UTA, MGMT Entertainment, and Viewpoint. Wever is repped by Viking Entertainment and Innovative Artists.

The first season of “Severance” received widespread acclaim upon its launch in February 2022. The series ultimately picked up 14 Emmy Award nominations, winning the awards for best music composition and best main title design.

Per the official logline, the series “follows Mark Scout (Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work … and of himself.”

Dan Erickson created “Severance” and serves as executive producer. Stiller directs and executive produces for Red Hour Films, with Scott, Mark Friedman, Nicky Weinstock, and Jackie Cohn executive producing as well. Caroline Baron and Sam Donovan executive produce, as does Richie Schwartz of Red Hour. Arquette will be a producer on Season 2. Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content) is the studio.

The complete first season of “Severance” is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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