How Yellowjackets put together the best new cast on TV

Finding a cast to host a show about a high school football team going cannibalistic after a terrible plane crash was always going to be a challenge. Now imagine that you are looking for two casts, one to depict the 1996 timeline and the other to show today’s survivors.

In a way, Yellow jackets was able to stack the two together, but the process was not without turbulence. (Too early?)

“It was really as if the production weighed on us”, co-creator Bart nickerson noted. “And it was ‘Oh my god we’ve got so many roles to fill and we can’t find the right people’, but it all kind of just comes together after hours and hours and hours. . “

Nickerson and his writing companion and his wife Ashley lyle were heavily involved in the casting sessions, which Lyle described as “emotionally devastating.”

“Oh man, it’s just a rough day,” she added. “I have so much empathy for every person who entered the room.”

While they recruited two people to play a single character, physical consistency was not the top priority of the creative team.

“At first we said it was a really big challenge and I think we really need to focus on the essence of the character rather than the specifics of his physique,” ​​Lyle explained, “and in a strange way, in doing this, we ended up with actors who, miraculously, could all look alike. “

Nickerson added, “We can’t believe the cast that we have.”


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