Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie to Star in “TOP OF THE LAKE” Season 2
Elisabeth Moss (Truth, Mad Men) is reprising her Golden Globe winning role in BBC and See-Saw Films’ second series of the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated TOP OF THE LAKE, and will be joined by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), it was announced by See-Saw Films’ COO, Television Hakan Kousetta and Head of Television, Jamie Laurenson.
Elisabeth Moss said, “I’m so excited to be back in Australia working with Jane on exploring this wonderful character. I can’t wait for audiences to see where we take Robin’s journey!”
Gwendoline Christie, who will have a major role in the mini-series, added, “I am so delighted to be working on TOP OF THE LAKE 2. Jane Campion has been a major creative influence throughout my life and I could not feel more privileged to be working on the next installment of her unique and enthralling drama, alongside the brilliant Elisabeth Moss.”
Also joining the cast for season two are David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) and Ewen Leslie (The Daughter).
The critically acclaimed mini-series will once again be directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion (Bright Star, The Piano), along with new co-director Ariel Kleiman (Partisan). Campion and Gerard Lee also return as co-writers of the second season. TOP OF THE LAKE is being produced by Philippa Campbell (Rain, TOP OF THE LAKE season 1) and Libby Sharpe (Jewboy). Executive producers are Campion with See-Saw’s Emile Sherman, Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame) and Jamie Laurenson, alongside Lucy Richer for the BBC.
TOP OF THE LAKE season 2 is produced by See-Saw Films for BBC Two in co-production with SundanceTV in the U.S., BBC First and Foxtel in Australia, and in association with Hulu in the U.S., ARTE in France and BBC Worldwide.
The series will premiere on BBC Two in the UK in 2017 with six one-hour episodes. SundanceTV will have the exclusive U.S. premiere of all episodes of season 2 on its network in 2017. Hulu and Sundance will have VOD day after air, and Hulu will have the exclusive subscription streaming rights to the entire series in the U.S. BBC First will broadcast in Australia on pay TV platform Foxtel. BBC UKTV will screen the series in New Zealand. Arte is also back on board and will air the series in France.
TOP OF THE LAKE SEASON 2: CHINA GIRL is a crime mystery story that begins four years on from the explosive ending of Season 1. When the unidentified body of an Asian girl washes up on to Sydney’s Bondi Beach, the case seems hopeless, until detective Robin Griffin discovers that China Girl didn’t die alone.
“Jane and Gerard are great modern storytelling-adventurers. The daring way they crack open vivid layers of humanity to explore the mysteries at the heart of a new wilderness in Season 2 has attracted an extraordinary team on and off screen. It’s an honour to produce this unique and ground-breaking show,” said producers Philippa Campbell and Libby Sharpe.
“Jane’s vision and passion for this story is compelling, daring and honest. We believe Season 2 will continue to thrill and enthrall audiences worldwide. The fact that we have been able to bring back broadcast partners from different corners of the world is a testament to the quality of the show and Jane’s extraordinary talent. We are delighted that our previous partners on Series 1 did not hesitate to board the second series to help bring to the world this stand out drama,” said Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta from See-Saw Films.
“We jumped at the chance to reunite with See-Saw on a second installment of TOP OF THE LAKE, one of television’s most powerful dramas of the past decade and a show that helped establish SundanceTV as a key destination for high-quality original series,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We’re extremely excited to have Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie headlining this incredible piece of storytelling from Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and we look forward to having TOP OF THE LAKE season 2 continue the strong momentum at SundanceTV.”
Lucy Richer, BBC Executive Producer said, “Jane Campion is one of the world’s finest directors and we are incredibly proud to bring her unique voice and vision to BBC TWO for the stand-alone second series of TOP OF THE LAKE. The astounding cast she has brought together will star in a dark and beguiling story that takes Detective Robin Griffin deep into the underworld of Sydney, and to the limits of her own heart.”
Shooting commenced March 21 on location in Sydney, Australia.
BBC Worldwide is handling international sales of the series. Chris Rice of WME, See-Saw’s Kousetta and Laura Andrews at BBC Worldwide North America negotiated the deals with SundanceTV and Hulu for season 2 in the U.S.
The first season of TOP OF THE LAKE won the 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie, as well as the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Moss. TOP OF THE LAKE also received recognition at the 2014 BAFTAs, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics Choice Television Awards, PGA Awards, among many others.
In addition to her Golden Globe for TOP OF THE LAKE, Elisabeth Moss was nominated six times for an Emmy Award for her role as Peggy Olson in the critically acclaimed and award-winning television series Mad Men. Her feature film credits include Truth starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, Alex Ross Perry’s films Queen of Earth and Listen Up Phillip and The One I Love with Mark Duplass. She will next be seen in Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, and has completed work on The Free World with Boyd Holbrook, The Seagull with Annette Bening, The Bleeder with Liev Schreiber and Mad To Be Normal with David Tennant.
Gwendoline Christie was most recently seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will reprise her role as Captain Phasma in Star Wars: Episode VIII currently in production. Other credits include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2. She will next appear on the small screen in the new series of Game of Thrones and on the big screen in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Absolutely Fabulous.
Jane Campion won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for The Piano starring Holly Hunter. Her other credits include Bright Star starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw, In the Cut starring Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo, Holy Smoke starring Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel and The Portrait of a Lady starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich.