Heartstopper announces that the long-awaited second series is in production


Heartstopper has confirmed that the long-awaited second series is in production and teased that four new actors have joined the show.

The popular LGBTQI+ coming-of-age drama based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novels has confirmed that the cast has reunited for a table read following the release of the first series in April.

The social media accounts for Heartstopper and Netflix took to Instagram on Thursday to announce that the show is back in production with a sweet video.

Returned!  Heartstopper has confirmed that the long-awaited second series is in production and teased that four new cast members have joined the show

Returned! Heartstopper has confirmed that the long-awaited second series is in production and teased that four new cast members have joined the show

The clip opens with leads Kit Connor (Nick Nelson) and Joe Locke (Charlie Spring) holding the season two script in their hands before looking at the camera and saying, “Oh, hi.”

It then cuts to other cast members – including William Gao (Tao Xu), Yasmin Feeney (Elle Argent) and Toby Donovan (Isaac Henderson) – waving and greeting the camera.

The group is then joined by Ria Norwood (Imogen Heaney), Corinna Brown (Tara Jones) and Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olson) and they all share a group hug.

Other cast members then greet the camera by saying “Hello”, mimicking the sweet on-screen interactions between main characters Charlie and Nick at the start of their budding romance.

Reunited: The popular LGBTQI+ coming-of-age drama based on Alice Oseman's graphic novels has confirmed that the cast has reunited for a table read after the first series premiered in April

Reunited: The popular LGBTQI+ coming-of-age drama based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novels has confirmed that the cast has reunited for a table read after the first series premiered in April

Table Read: The social media accounts for Heartstopper and Netflix took to Instagram on Thursday to announce the show is back in production with a sweet video

Table Read: The social media accounts for Heartstopper and Netflix took to Instagram on Thursday to announce the show is back in production with a sweet video

The cast – including Sebastian Croft (Ben Hope) and Jenny Walster (Tori Spring) – then engage in a table read, with Joe and Rhea looking animated as they deliver their lines.

The entire group bursts into cheers as the first reading of the hotly anticipated second series appears to be a success.

The video continued to tease a number of new cast members as well, as four new faces were seen appearing on screen and greeting the camera during the montage.

The end of the video teases the plot for the second series, with Kit saying “Bonjour”, hinting at the school trip to the French capital that takes place in Alice’s third book.

Rehearsal: In the video, the actors sat in a table reading circle as Joe and Rhea looked animated as they delivered their lines

Very good!  The whole group broke into applause as it appeared that the first reading of the hotly anticipated second series had been a success

Rehearsal: In the video, the cast sat in a table reading circle as Jo Locke (Charlie Spring) and Rhea Norwood (Imogen Heaney) looked animated as they delivered their lines

Cute: Fan favorites Corinna Brown (Tara Jones) and Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olson) were also seen greeting the camera, saying 'hello'

Cute: Fan favorites Corinna Brown (Tara Jones) and Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olson) were also seen greeting the camera, saying ‘hello’

Next to the sweet video is the caption: “Heartstopper Season 2 is officially in production! get ready to greet some brand new faces.

Joining the cast for the second series will be Leila Khan as student Sahar Zahid, Jack Barton as Nick’s older brother David, Bradley Riches as student James McEwan and Neema Taleghani as teacher Mr Farooq, according to Deadline.

All the leading cast from the first series also return, including appearances by Olivia Coleman and Stephen Fry, who did a voice-over as the principal of Truham Grammar.

The second series is expected to follow the plot of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper Volume 3, after the first season was based on her first two graphic novels.

New Faces: The video also revealed four new cast members, including Nima Taleghani, who will play teacher Mr Farooq

New Faces: The video also revealed four new cast members, including Nima Taleghani, who will play teacher Mr Farooq

Newcomer: Bradley Riches (pictured) also joins the cast for the second series as student James McEwan

Newcomer: Bradley Riches (pictured) also joins the cast for the second series as student James McEwan

In the comic, students from Truham Grammar and Higgs go on a school trip to Paris, where new friendships are made and mental health issues come to light.

The eight-part show has already been renewed for two more seasons and the upcoming second series is expected to focus heavily on Charlie’s eating disorder.

The first series saw schoolboy Charlie fall in love with classmate Nick, forcing them to embark on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

What next?  The second series is expected to follow the plot of Alice Oseman's Heartstopper Volume 3, after the first season was based on her first two graphic novels

What next? The second series is expected to follow the plot of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper Volume 3, after the first season was based on her first two graphic novels

It all ended with Charlie and Nick becoming boyfriends and Nick coming out to his mother, played by Olivia Coleman.

The show is already a huge hit for Netflix in over 50 countries and the streaming giant has already ordered a second and third series.

TikTok star Yasmin Feeney, who was cast as Elle Argent on the show, now has a role in the 80th anniversary episode of BBC Doctor Who as Rose.

Following the Netflix adaptation, the Alice books have now broken all UK graphic novel sales records.

Success: TikTok star Yasmin Feeney, who was cast as Elle Argent on the show, now has a role in the 80th anniversary episode of BBC's Doctor Who as Rose

Success: TikTok star Yasmin Feeney, who was cast as Elle Argent on the show, now has a role in the 80th anniversary episode of BBC’s Doctor Who as Rose

There are currently four books in the series, with the fifth to be released in February 2023. Alice also releases The Heartstopper Yearbook in October.

Alice, 27, began writing her debut novel Solitaire during the Year 12 summer term at school and sent the manuscripts to agents after completing her A-Levels.

The book about Charlie’s sister, Tori Spring, was snapped up and she wrote a follow-up book, Radio Silence, before returning to minor characters Nick and Charlie and creating the Heartstopper spin-off.

Guest appearance: The first series saw Olivia Coleman play Nick Nelson's mother Sarah

Guest appearance: The first series saw Olivia Coleman play Nick Nelson’s mother Sarah

She raised £58,000 through crowdfunding for a self-published edition and self-published the first 2,000 buyers’ books – with the story now becoming a global phenomenon.

In 2019, she sold the rights to the See Saw films, which brought the project to Netflix. Alice adapted the books and was very closely involved in the process – even making a cameo appearance in the first series.

Figures released by Nielsen show that total UK print book sales for the Alice titles totaled £5.5m from January to June.

This puts her ahead of David Williams (£4.7m), JK Rowling (£3.8m), James Patterson (£2.9m), Lee Child (£2.1m) and Sally Rooney (£1, 3 million).

Sweet: The first series saw schoolboy Charlie fall in love with classmate Nick, forcing them to embark on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance

Sweet: The first series saw schoolboy Charlie fall in love with fellow classmate Nick, forcing them to embark on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance



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