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How Yellowjackets brought together one of TV's most stacked casts

How Yellowjackets brought together one of TV’s most stacked casts

Finding a cast to host a show about a high school football team that becomes cannibalistic after a harrowing plane crash was always going to be a challenge. Now imagine looking for two casts, one to portray the 1996 timeline and the other to introduce the survivors in the present day.

Somehow, yellow jackets was able to stack both sets, but the process was not without its turbulence. (Too soon?)

“I really felt like the production was weighing us down,” co-creator bart nickerson said. “And it was, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve got so many roles to fill and we’re not finding the right people,’ but somehow it all comes together after hours and hours and hours.”

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

“Oh man, it’s just a rough day,” he added. “I have so much empathy for every person that walked into the room.”

While they cast two people to play one character, physical consistency was not the top priority for the creative team.

“At the beginning we said this is a big challenge and I think we really need to focus on the essence of the character rather than the details of his physicality,” Lyle explained, “and in a weird way, by doing that, I ended up with actors who, Miraculously, they all looked a lot alike.”

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

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