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The first look at the highly-anticipated The Haunting Of Bly Manor is finally here.

On Monday, Netflix unveiled the official poster and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of The Haunting of Hill House follow up.

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Last year, rumors emerged that Netflix and The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan were turning the series into an anthology. Then, in June 2019, it was confirmed that another season of the haunting series is happening and Victoria Pedretti is returning for it.

Since then, various little details about the second season have been released. In July and August 2019, both Kate Siegal and Oliver Jackson-Cohen joined the cast of The Haunting Of Bly Manor.

Due to coronavirus, many fans were expecting Bly Manor‘s release to be delayed along with various other films and shows. However, in April, Flanagan revealed that filming for the season wrapped before the pandemic hit. He also shared that the new season will be arriving sometime this year.

Now, Netflix has unveiled the official poster for Bly Manor along with an anticipated release date sometime this fall.

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Along with the show’s official poster, Vanity Fair and Netflix have also released some new exclusive Bly Manor details and photos.

To start, it’s based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The story is about a young woman who moves to the English countryside to care for two orphaned children. While here, she encounters evidence of a grim history and entities she doesn’t know how to explain.

As Flanagan shares, Bly Manor has a different tone than Hill House. While Hill House was about a family living through trauma, Bly Manor is all about broken hearts and star-crossed romance.

“It certainly provides a new way to tell a love story, and there are three of them really that beat at the heart of this season,” Flanagan says. “They all have a very dark edge to them. And by the end, it’s really hard to differentiate tragedy with romance. That sense of romantic longing for someone who meant so much to us—but who’s gone—really is the heart of any ghost story.”

Along with The Turn of the Screw, Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy have weaved in other stories into Bly Manor. Aspects from stories including The Jolly Corner, about a doppelgänger and The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, about two sisters and a chest of mysterious dresses, are all incorporated into Bly Manor.

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As mentioned before, some of the Hill House cast are returning for the new season. Along with Pedretti, Siegal and Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas is returning. Thomas, who played the father in the Hill House, is playing Henry Wingrave, the wealthy uncle of the two orphaned children, in Bly Manor.

Pedretti, who played Nellie Crain in Hill House, plays American tutor Dani Clayton in the new season. The character hopes to escape her own painful past by taking a job at a mansion looking after the Wingrave children. Miles Wingrave is 11 and played by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth while Flora Wingrave is 9 and played by Amelie Bea Smith.

“Victoria and I talked at the very beginning about how to differentiate this character from Nell. Nell was a character that carried around a ton of darkness with her and never quite got out of the shadows that she was introduced in when we see her as a child,” Flanagan says. “Between the setting in the ’80s, and this idea of a young American abroad, just out on an adventure, it brightened everything up to begin with.”

Siegel, who played Theo in Hill House, appears in Bly Manor in a role that is still a secret. Meanwhile, Jackson-Cohen is playing a very different character than drug-addicted Luke Crain. For Bly Manor, he plays the ominous character Peter Quint, a business associate of the uncle’s who tends to take whatever he pleases from Bly Manor.

Flanagan’s full Vanity Fair interview talking in-depth about The Haunting of Bly Manor is available to read here. The exclusive photos from the forthcoming series are below.

[All photos by Eike Schroter/Netflix]

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