We have a big update about The Recruit season 2 to share! The series has cast South Korean actor Teo Yoo (Past Lives) in a series regular role ahead of the show's January 2024 production start. On top of his casting, the show also welcomes a handful of new "recruits" to the cast. We shared more information about the cast additions down below.
In 2022, Netflix shows reached an all-time high with the releases of Bridgerton season 2, Stranger Things season 4, Wednesday, and more titles fans spent hundreds of millions of hours watching. When The Recruit became a hit around the holidays, a second-season renewal was a given.
Noah Centineo, the leading man of Netflix’s smash To All the Boys teen rom-com trilogy, stars in the spy thriller The Recruit as bumbling CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks, who becomes deeply entrenched in a dangerous situation involving a former CIA asset. After the shocking end of the first season, fans are waiting to see what’s next in season 2.
We’ll update this story as Netflix shares more information about The Recruit season 2. The latest update was made on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.
The Recruit season 2 is happening
The hit Netflix original thriller series The Recruit will be back for a second season, as announced by the streaming service in January 2023.
Netflix announced the renewal a little over a month after the show’s Dec. 16, 2022 premiere. The Recruit saw 52.3 million hours viewed within its first few days of release, and followed up with 95.59 million hours viewed in its second but first full week of release during the holidays. These numbers made a renewal a no-brainer for Netflix.
When Netflix announced that the series was renewed for season 2, creator and showrunner Alexi Hawley shared his excitement about the next chapter of Owen Hendricks’ story, telling TUDUM:
"I’m thrilled to dive back into the fun, funny, action-packed world of The Recruit. Seeing how invested our audience became in the show’s adventurous take on the spy world and Noah’s turn as Owen has been incredibly rewarding, and I can’t wait to turn it all up to “11” in Season Two."- Alexi Hawley, creator
Series star and executive producer Noah Centineo echoed Hawley’s excitement:
"“I know I speak for our entire cast and executive team at eOne and Netflix when I say that we are thrilled to be returning to The Recruit for a second season. I’m looking forward to seeing what Alexi Hawley has in store for us all.”"
The Recruit season 2 was delayed due to the actors’ strike
According to Screen Rant, the second season of The Recruit was scheduled to begin filming in Vancouver sometime in June 2023 but was then pushed back to August 2023. Then, we received more bad news when the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes began.
It’s unclear if all the scripts were finished before the writers strike started in May 2023, but if not, the writers were forced to come to a pause until everything was resolved. Fortunately, the WGA strike ended in late September 2023, but it was unknown at the time if the writers had gotten back to work. Then we were just waiting for the actors strike to end, which happened in November 2023, so that Noah and the rest of The Recruit cast could start filming the new season.
Production on season 2 began in early January 2024
In a report from Deadline, production on season 2 has already kicked off in Vancouver and will also take place in Seoul, South Korea.
According to What’s on Netflix, principal photography was set to begin on Jan. 4, 2024, and everything will wrap up on March 21, 2024. Again, this is just a production rumor. Nothing has been confirmed by The Recruit season 2 team or Netflix. However, a January start date seems likely to have already happened.
Unlike with The Night Agent season 2, pre-production on The Recruit season 2 had a lot more time to happen before the WGA strike started in May 2023. That said, it’s possible the scripts were already written, and now that the actors strike is over, the cast and crew are preparing to start shooting the second season.
Here’s our initial report about the WGA strike below.
Creator Alexi Hawley has been sharing frequent updates on the strike on Twitter and also shared a picture of The Recruit writers on the picket line in June:
Actor Colton Dunn, who plays Lester Kitchens, has been out striking with friends and former co-stars, sharing updates from the picket lines to his Instagram account. The same can be said for actor Kristian Bruun, who plays Janus Ferber in The Recruit, who shared a photo in support of the writers’ strike. Centineo hasn’t shared photos about the strike, though he has only posted to his Instagram a few times this year.
The first season of The Recruit began filming in Quebec and Los Angeles back in late October 2021 and wrapped filming by late March 2022. Being so, filming took about five months for the first season’s eight episodes, and we can pretty much assume the second season will take about as long. After filming wrapped, the series took about eight months before finally premiering on Netflix.
Has The Recruit season 2 release date been announced?
No, the release date for The Recruit season 2 has not been announced, and it’s not coming to Netflix anytime soon. Even though the first season dropped in December 2022, season 2 won’t be ready for release by December 2023. Along with the renewal, Netflix confirmed The Recruit season 2 is coming in 2024.
Production was supposed to begin in August 2023, but because of the writers’ and actors’ strikes, they couldn’t start. Now that the strikes aren’t an issue anymore, filming is rumored to start soon, and a 2024 release is definitely still possible. We’ll let you know the official release date once Netflix reveals this juicy information.
Release prediction: Late 2024 or early 2025
Noah Centineo will return to lead the cast of The Recruit as his lovable CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks, and it’s expected that the entire main cast will also return to reprise their roles. Fans could also see one particular character upped to a series regular, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Here’s a list of main cast members expected to return for season 2:
- Noah Centineo as Owen Hendricks
- Laura Haddock as Max Meladze
- Aarti Mann as Violet
- Colton Dunn as Lester
- Fivel Stewart as Hannah
- Kristian Bruun as Janus Ferber
- Vondie Curtis-Hall as Walter Nyland
Toward the end of the first season, Maddie Hasson played the character Nichka, who was (SPOILER ALERT!) later revealed to be Max’s daughter, Karolina. As of this writing, it’s unclear in what capacity Hasson will return as Karolina, but she’s expected to play at least somewhat of a large part of the season 2 story given the ending of the season 1 finale.
On Dec. 19, TVLine reported that the show had added Past Lives actor Teo Yoo to the cast as Jang Kyun, a “clever and driven South Korean NIS agent, highly skilled with a subversive sense of humor and willing to go to any lengths to protect those he cares about.”
We don't know too much about the second season's plot details, but the addition of Yoo's character came with some intel about season 2 in that we'll see Owen pulled into a "life-threatening espionage situation in South Korea," so we can assume Yoo's character will be involved in that somehow.
On Jan. 25, Netflix announced additional cast members added to season 2 with a group of nine new recurring players. Deadline also confirmed that Kaylah Zander (Amelia), Maddie Hasson (Nichka), and Angel Parker (Dawn) have each been promoted to series regulars for the second season after recurring in season 1. Daniel Quincy Annoh (Terence), Jesse Collins (Dodge), and Nathan Fillion (CIA Director Alton West) will also recur in season 2.
Here are the new season 2 recurring cast members:
- James Purefory as Olive Bonner-Jones
- Brooke Smith as Marcy Potter
- Devika Bhise as Juno Marsh
- Felix Solis as Tom Wallace
- Young-Ah Kim as Grace
- Do Hyun Shin as Yoo Jin Lee
- Sanghee Lee as Nan Hee
- Omar Maskati as Jae King
- Alana Hawley Purvis as Amanda Fern
Purefoy's character has perhaps the most intriguing description as a "rich British businessman who lives in a world between legal and illegal." Perhaps he's one of the season's new villains. Shin's character, too, sounds intriguing as Yoo Jin Lee has a "childhood connection" to Owen. We can't wait to see exactly what that means! The rest of the characters are either agents or connected to that world, but needless to say, it's going to be exciting season with all of these new characters.
What’s next in The Recruit season 2? (spoilers!)
The end of the first season of The Recruit finds Owen getting kidnapped by the mysterious blonde woman he met at the bar, who turns out to be Max’s daughter Karolina. Not only does Karolina have Owen tied up, but she potentially shot and killed Max, her estranged mother.
Going into the second season, we have unanswered questions about Max’s fate, the extent of what Karolina has been up to, and how these developments will play a role in Owen’s story moving forward. We need to know why Karolina has been working against her mother and what happened to their relationship.
Owen has gotten himself into some dangerous and potentially fatal situations in season 1, and it seems as though the twists and turns aren’t over for the CIA lawyer in season 2. Centineo and Hawley haven’t revealed any teases of what to expect story-wise in season 2, but we’ll be sure to share any hints that arise before the release.
How many seasons are there?
Currently, there’s only one season of The Recruit available to watch on Netflix, and there’s a second season in the works as we speak. It’s unclear how many seasons the creative team and Netflix have in mind for the series at this time.
If the series continues to post big numbers with the release of season 2, there’s no way Netflix wouldn’t renew The Recruit for season 3 and possibly season 4 in the future. The show has proven itself both as a dark horse performer that could grow into one of Netflix’s most popular originals.
Where can you watch the spy series?
Because The Recruit is a Netflix Original, the one place you can watch it is on Netflix. The second season will also be streaming exclusively on the streaming service.
The Recruit has definitely become one of the best shows on Netflix. Stay tuned for more news and updates on the series from Netflix Life!