Though the second season doesn’t debut on the service until May 5th, Netflix is reportedly well into negotiations with the core cast members to return for a potential third season.
Created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, the high quality of the show’s production values means it requires a lengthy pre-production, production and post-production period – filming taking place in more than a dozen locations across four continents. This is partly why it has been almost two years between seasons.
Filming on the second season wrapped eight months ago, and since options on the fifteen regular roles of the cast lapsed. However, Deadline reports that Netflix recently reached out to the core cast with offers of new contracts to make them available for a potential third season.
The site says half of the eight leads have closed deals, while the rest are in negotiations and insiders are optimistic all would come back. Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Jamie Clayton, Doona Bae, Tina Desai, Miguel Angel Silvestre and Toby Onwumere play the eight lead roles in the series. Only one potential complication is Naveen Andrews who has a key role in CBS’ “Instinct”. Should that go forward, his involvement in more “Sense8” would be in a guest-starring capacity upon availability.
Under the new pacts, the cast would be on hold until June with Netflix to make a renewal decision by then – likely shortly after the second season premieres on the streaming service on May 5th. Considering how much work they’re putting into securing the cast already though, chances of a renewal look good.