Lottie Lives! Simone Kessell Will Play Adult Lottie in ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2

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Hot on the heels of the announcement that Six Feet Under alum Lauren Ambrose will join Yellowjackets Season 2 as Adult Van, Showtime has announced that Simone Kessell will be playing Adult Lottie.

It’s a big year for New Zealand actress Kessell, who is also appearing in Star Wars mini-series Obi-Wan Kenobi this year. Previously, she’s appeared in mini-series Reckoning and sci-fi series Terra Nova.

Ever since the reveal in the Season 1 finale that Lottie’s character had survived the 19 months in the wilderness and was alive in the 2021 timeline, fans of the Showtime series have been eagerly waiting to find out who would be playing her.

Kessell will be joining an already stellar cast of adult Yellowjackets, which includes Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Tawny Cypress and Christina Ricci.

Courtney Eaton — who plays Lottie in the 1996 timeline — has also been bumped up to being a series regular for the second season, which means… lots more Lottie.

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In June, Yellowjackets showrunner Jonathan Lisco told Variety he thinks “it’s safe to say that we have not met all the survivors”.

Since premiering in late 2021, the first season of Yellowjackets has become a hit with critics and viewers alike. It’s currently nominated for seven Emmy nominations, including Best Drama Series, along with nods for writing, directing and casting, as well as acting nominations for Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci.

As for Season 2, there’s no official release date set just yet, but Yellowjackets co-creators and showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson recently told The Wrap that they were aiming for an early 2023 release.

“We’re looking into the first quarter of 2023,” Lyle said. “We are on a very similar production track in terms of time as we were last season, although, of course, we have to shoot an additional episode because we had already shot the pilot the last time. I believe we are going to finish shooting in about February and we’ll be airing sometime shortly after that.”

The first season of Yellowjackets is streaming now on Paramount+.

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