South African Celebrity Sharlto Copley is the latest name to join the cast of Season 2 of Russian Doll, the acclaimed Netflix series from Natasha Lyonne. Other cast members who have already been declared include Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy and Carolyn Michelle Smith. Netflix is doing a Marvel and keeping the storyline and character details under wraps, and we still have basically no new information about the second season beyond its own casting announcements.
Russian Doll’s very first time surfaced in February 2019 and has been extremely well received by audiences and critics. Netflix quickly renewed the series for a second season in June of 2019. Nonetheless, it seems that just in 2021 has fresh information has been published about the second season, even if it’s only cast members. The first season followed author, producer, and creator Lyonne as a woman stuck in a time loop, doomed to repeat the exact same exasperating birthday party over and over again when she expires. She finds that another guy, Alan Zaveri, is experiencing the identical time loop phenomenon as she.
If I were to guess, I’d bet that the next season follows a similar time loop premise, but using a different plotline and characters. The genius of Russian Doll’s success was its writing and how it deftly shifted between humor and drama a la Groundhog Day, in addition to its own fresh, new spin on a genre narrowed by tropes and conventions. While Lyonne’s Nadia was an interesting and engaging personality, I do not really need another season of her, and I am interested to see that Murphy and Copley will perform in the new season.
Copley is an interesting addition to the mix, who’s probably best known to American audiences for his role in District 9, which is seemingly getting a sequel treatment according to writer-director Neill Blomkamp. He has certainly been in his fair share of amazing movies because he’s just one of those actors that can disappear into his characters and eventually become completely unrecognizable from project to project. His previous works include The A-Team, Spike Lee’s Oldboy, Maleficent, Free Fire, and the highly underrated Hardcore Henry. He could be next seen in Dev Patel’s directorial debut Monkey Man, as well as his own directorial debut Sapien Safari, a sci-fi movie about an alien naturalist who fights to protect a species that is very important to the success of his planet.
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There’s not any release date yet for Russian Doll’s second season but will drop later this season. The first season is currently available on Netflix.