Heartstopper announces much-anticipated second series is in production

Heartstopper announces much-anticipated second series is in production and teases four new cast members in behind-the-scenes video

Heartstopper has confirmed that the much-anticipated second series is in production and teased that four new cast members have joined the show.

The popular LGBTQI+ coming-of-age drama, based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman, confirmed the cast had reunited for a table read after the first series’ release in April.

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

It's back! Heartstopper has confirmed that the much-anticipated second series is in production and teased that four new cast members have joined the show

It’s back! Heartstopper has confirmed that the much-anticipated second series is in production and teased that four new cast members have joined the show

The clip kicks off with lead stars 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 flashes on to other cast members – including William Gao (Tao Xu), Yasmin Finney (Elle Argent) and Tobie Donovan (Isaac Henderson) – waving and greeting the camera.

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

Other cast members then greet the camera by saying ‘Hi’, mimicking the sweet on-screen interactions between lead characters Charlie and Nick at the beginning of their budding romance.

Greeting: Yasmin Finney, who plays Elle Argent, was seen saying 'hi' to the camera

Reunited: The popular LGBTQI+ coming-of-age drama, based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman, confirmed the cast had reunited for a table read after the first series' release in April

Reunited: The popular LGBTQI+ coming-of-age drama, based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman, confirmed the cast had reunited for a table read after the first series’ release in April

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

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

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

The overjoyed group all start clapping as it appears the first read-through for the hotly-anticipated second series is a success.

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

The end of the video teased the storyline for the second series, with Kit saying ‘Bonjour’, hinting at the school trip to the French capital, which takes place in Alice’s third book.

Rehearsing: In the video, the cast sat in a circle for a table read, as Joe and Rhea both looked animated as they performed their lines

Well done! The group all started clapping as it appeared the first read-through for the hotly-anticipated second series was a success

Rehearsing: In the video, the cast sat in a circle for a table read, as Joe Locke (Charlie Spring) and Rhea Norwood (Imogen Heaney) both looked animated as they performed their lines

Sweet: Fan favourites Corinna Brown (Tara Jones) and Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olsson) were also seen greeting the camera by saying 'hi'

Sweet: Fan favourites Corinna Brown (Tara Jones) and Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olsson) were also seen greeting the camera by saying ‘hi’

Alongside the sweet video, a caption read: ‘Heartstopper season 2 is officially in production! get ready to say hi to some brand new faces.’

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

All the leading cast from the first series are also returning, including appearances by Olivia Coleman and Stephen Fry, who featured in a voiceover as the headmaster 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 initial two graphic novels.

New faces: The video also showed four new cast members, including Nima Taleghani, who will play teacher Mr Farouk

New faces: The video also showed four new cast members, including Nima Taleghani, who will play teacher Mr Farouk

Newbie: Also joining the cast for the second series is Bradley Riches (pictured) as student James McEwan

Newbie: Also joining the cast for the second series is Bradley Riches (pictured) as student James McEwan

In the comics, the Truham Grammar and Higgs students jet off on a school trip to Paris, which sees new friendships forming and issues surrounding mental health 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 his classmate Nick, forcing them to navigate a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

What's 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 initial two graphic novels

What’s 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 initial two graphic novels

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

The show has already been a huge hit for Netflix in over 50 countries, and the streaming giant has already ordered series two and three.

TikTok star Yasmin Finney, who was cast as Elle Argent in the show, has already bagged a role on the 80th anniversary episode of BBC’s Doctor Who as Rose.

Since the Netflix adaptation, Alice’s books have already broken all records for the sales of a graphic novel in the UK. 

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

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

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

Alice, 27, started writing her debut novel Solitaire in the summer term of year 12 at school and sent off the manuscripts to agents after finishing 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 spin-off Heartstopper.

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

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

She raised £58,000 via crowdfunding for a self-published edition and posted the first 2,000 books to purchasers herself – with the story now becoming a global phenomenon.

In 2019, she sold she sold the rights to See Saw films who took the project to Netflix. Alice adapted the books, and is very closely involved in the process – even making a cameo appearance in series one.

Figures released by Nielsen show that total print book sales in the UK for Alice’s titles amounted to £5.5 million from January to June.

This puts her ahead of David Walliams (£4.7million), J.K Rowling (£3.8million), James Patterson (£2.9million), Lee Child (£2.1million) and Sally Rooney (£1.3million).

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

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

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