New Zealand actress Simone Kessell has signed on to star in TV thriller Yellowjackets

New Zealand actress Simone Kessell has signed on to star in TV thriller Yellowjackets

New Zealand actress Simone Kessell has signed on to star in the second season of TV thriller Yellowjackets

Simone Kessell has signed up for the second season of Yellowjackets.

The 46-year-old will join fellow Kiwi star Melanie Lynskey in the psychological thriller, which focuses on the survivors of a mysterious plane crash.

Simone will play Lottie Matthews as an adult, alongside Australian actress Courtney Eaton, who plays the character as a teenager.

New Zealand actress Simone Kessell (pictured) has signed on to star in the second season of Yellowjackets

Playing the troubled Lottie promises to be a challenging, exciting role for the AACTA nominee.

Variety reported earlier this month, “In the wild, off her meds, Lottie became an increasingly divisive member of the group.

“She was also revealed to be the mysterious Antler Queen seen in the pilot as she oversaw a cannibalistic feast among the girls,” it added.

Simone is best known for her guest starring role in the Star Wars miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi

Simone is best known for her guest starring role in the Star Wars miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi

Simone is married to Australian film director Gregor Jordan and they have two sons, Jack. 17 and Beau, 8.

The announcement follows Melanie Lynskey’s bombastic claim in January that she was physically shamed on the show’s set.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 45-year-old actress opened up about the incident where a production staff member approached her during filming.

Yellowjackets is available to stream on Paramount+

Melanie Lynskey revealed she was physically ashamed on the set of Yellowjackets

Melanie Lynskey revealed she was physically ashamed on the set of Yellowjackets

‘They asked me, ‘What are you up to?’ I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They’d love to help you with that,” Melanie told the publication.

According to the magazine, the New Zealander’s co-stars Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis and Tawny Cypress were quick to come to her defense.

The star, who plays bored housewife and mother Shauna Sadecki, said it’s important to portray her character in a positive way.

Support: According to Rolling Stone magazine, the New Zealand native's co-stars Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis and Tawny Cypress were quick to come to her defense.  Pictured in 2021

Support: According to Rolling Stone magazine, the New Zealand native’s co-stars Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis and Tawny Cypress were quick to come to her defense. Pictured in 2021