Beef season 2 eying stacked cast including Charles Melton, Anne Hathway, and more

Netflix's buzziest new limited series is considering a second season with an acclaimed cast.

Beef. Steven Yeun as Danny in episode 101 of Beef. Cr. Andrew Cooper/Netflix © 2023
Beef. Steven Yeun as Danny in episode 101 of Beef. Cr. Andrew Cooper/Netflix © 2023 /

Beef is coming off an acclaimed run after debuting to critical acclaim on Netflix in April 2023. It's been sweeping almost all of its categories at every major award show, picking up multiple Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Spirit Awards, and most recently several Screen Actors Guild Awards with the most recent SAG Awards being, fittingly, livestreamed on Netflix.

Even though the series was initially billed as limited, the acclaim it got is clearly making Netflix reconsider. Ideas for a second season have been tossed around since the beginning, with most agreeing that the best direction for the show would be to make it an anthology.

Now it looks like the streaming service is taking those suggestions in stride. Deadline is reporting that Beef creator and executive producer Lee Sung Jin is considering the cast for a new season and is rumored to be eying two hot up-and-coming actors, Charles Melton and Cailee Spaeny, and long-time A-listers Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.

Both Melton and Spaeny have very much been in the conversation this awards season thanks to their incredible performances in Netflix's May December and Priscilla, respectively, and while neither received a coveted Academy Award nomination (despite many people hoping they would), Melton did get a Golden Globe nom and picked up several other awards, including the Gotham Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance. Meanwhile, Spaeny also received a Golden Globe nom and she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her incredible work as Priscilla Presley.

As for Gyllenhaal and Hathway, the pair previously worked together in the underrated rom-com Love & Other Drugs, in which they had exceptional chemistry. According to Deadline, Melton and Spaeny would play one couple while Hathaway and Gyllenhaal would be the other and the second season would follow the two feuding pairs.

Currently, there hasn't been any deals made and all of this news is still in very early talks, but given how successful Beef has been, I wouldn't be surprised if both Netflix and their producing partner A24 work together to make this dream a reality. The cast alone is buzzy enough to make a huge splash, so we'll see how things go from here.

Stay tuned to Netflix Life for more news and updates regarding Beef on Netflix and any potential season 2 confirmations!