An Asian woman and man lean out the window of their respective cars with vengeful looks on their faces.

‘Beef’ Is Allegedly Eyeing a Star-Studded Cast for Season 2

It is going on a year since Beef took Netflix by storm. Now, rumor has it that the creator has a season 2 in mind and is eyeing a few A-list actors to star in it.

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The series marked the first time Netflix and A24 collaborated, and we hope they’ll be doing so again soon. Beef is a dramedy starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun that explores what happens when an incident of road rage triggers a series of events that change the lives of two strangers. The show spent much time on Netflix’s top 10 TV show charts and boasts an almost perfect 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

It was hailed as one of Netflix’s best series ever and one of the best TV shows in 2023 overall. The show’s biggest appeal is the brilliant performances of Wong and Yeun, who embody their roles in a relatable way and even evoke empathy. They play off of each brilliantly and also nail the portrayal of their characters as both tragic and reprehensible. Meanwhile, the storyline is a thought-provoking and intriguing commentary on class division. Altogether, Beef is a brilliant television series that took a simple premise and turned it into a 10-episode series that’s difficult to look away from.

Given all of the hype surrounding Beef, viewers have been anxiously awaiting news on the show’s future.

Casting rumors arise for Beef season 2

Rumored casting for 'Beef' season 2, clockwise from top left: Charles Melton, Cailee Spaeny, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Anne Hathaway
(Netflix / A24 / MGM / Neon)

Beef season 2 hasn’t been officially renewed, but showrunner Lee Sung Kin has shown interest in another season. Now, Deadline suggests that Lee may already have a vision for the second season. Meanwhile, that vision includes casting Charles Melton (May December), Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla), Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home), and Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada). The season will allegedly focus on two couples, Melton/Spaeny and Gyllenhaal/Hathaway, who are involved in a feud.

However, Deadline emphasizes that neither the castings nor Beef season 2 are confirmed. According to the outlet, the show is in very early talks and negotiations, meaning no actors have signed on yet.

Will Beef get a second season?

Steven Yeun as Danny Cho in Beef
(Netflix / A24)

As mentioned above, Beef has not yet been officially renewed for a second season. However, based on its stellar performance on Netflix, a second season could happen. Of course, some viewers may be a bit skeptical of another season, as Season 1 actually wrapped up its story pretty neatly despite the massive spiral it unpacked in just ten episodes. There are always some loose ends that could be tied up, but it’s not as if the series ended on a cliffhanger or overly ambiguous note. Fortunately, Beef showrunner Lee Sung Kin has a solution for this situation.

In an interview with Elle, Lee revealed that Beef was originally pitched as an anthology series. This means the plan is to have multiple seasons, with each season tackling a different plotline, similar to shows like White Lotus and Black Mirror. He stated:

Cards on the table, we did pitch this show as a limited anthology, so there is sort of a close-ended-ness to the story [of Danny and Amy]. But, if given the opportunity, of course, I’d love to explore them further, because Danny and Amy, I love those characters. But yeah, by design, though, this a close-ended narrative…. [Other seasons could explore] multiple other beefs and other character types.

If the anthology idea doesn’t appeal to everyone, Lee also indicated some interest in further exploring Danny’s and Amy’s stories, as well. It would be hard to imagine Beef without the two stars who made the series so enjoyable in the first place. However, the series also greatly benefited from stellar writing, directing, and authentic Asian American representation. Hence, further seasons could still be successful even if they feature new stories and characters. Ultimately, only time will tell what Beef‘s future will look like, but its strong performance bodes well for its potential continuation.

(featured image: Netflix / A24)


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