HBO Max’s anthology series Love Life has found its star for the upcoming second season. William Jackson Harper (Midsommar) will take over as the lead after Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) starred in season one via The Hollywood Reporter.
Love Life depicts modern romance in the age of social media, showing young people navigate the ups and downs of love. Described as a romantic comedy, it chronicles twenty and thirty somethings struggle with their love lives in often cringeworthy and comical ways. Kendrick portrayed Darby in the show’s first season, a woman living in New York who deals with the trials and tribulations of trying to find the one. Though Kendrick will no longer take center stage in season two, her character Darby will still be expected to make appearances.
Harper is best known for his role in the NBC comedy series The Good Place, which just aired its series finale this year. He received praise for his performance as the philosophical Chidi Anagonye and was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards. He is also set to star in Barry Jenkin’s (Moonlight) upcoming limited series The Underground Railroad in 2021, an Amazon Prime Original.
In Love Life’s second season, Harper will play a New Yorker who’s coming out of a long-term relationship. Lost in life, it doesn’t stop him in his endeavor to find love. Created by Sam Boyd (In a Relationship), The Hollywood Reporter picked up a statement he gave regarding Darby’s role in the upcoming season and what to expect in season two: “It’s important to us that it feels like it takes place in this extended universe…We have a fun way we can keep Darby floating in and out through this world. It’s more of a baton pass to this new protagonist.”
Love Life is executive produced by Kendrick, Bridget Bedard (Ramy), Paul Fieg (Bridesmaids), Dan Magnante (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), and Boyd. Bedard and Boyd also serve as showrunners. Love Life was HBO Max’s first original scripted series.