David Schwimmer to Lead Second Season of ‘Goosebumps’

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A familiar face is set to lead the upcoming second season of supernatural Disney+ show Goosebumps; none other than Friends star and two-time Emmy nominee David Schwimmer.

Based on the iconic children’s book series by R. L. Stine, the new series of Goosebumps debuted on the streaming platform last autumn and offered its viewers a PG-13 spooky escapade featuring some of Stine’s most iconic monstrous antagonists.

The upcoming season will expand the new series into an anthology, featuring a brand-new set of characters, creatures, and conundrums to be explored through Goosebumps’s signature spine-chilling, yet silly lens.

Schwimmer will reportedly play Anthony, a former botany professor and divorced parent of teenage twins – familiar territory for an actor who portrayed Ross Geller; the geeky yet lovable palaeontologist who famously went through three divorces across the sitcom’s ten-year run. In Goosebumps however, the stakes promise to be significantly higher than proving the importance of the Holiday Armadillo, as the official logline describes. Anthony’s kids “discover a threat stirring, triggering a chain of events that unravel a profound mystery. As they delve into the unknown, the duo find themselves entangled in the chilling tale of four teenagers who mysteriously vanished in 1994.”

Since Friends, the sitcom star has returned to our screens a number of times over the years. In 2016, he earned his second Emmy nomination for his gripping portrayal of Robert Kardashian in The People vs O.J. Simpson and he recently starred as an NSA agent in British sitcom Intelligence. While we’ve already seen the actor as both a master of comedy and dramatically adept, Goosebumps’s exploration into the sinister and supernatural provides us with a new opportunity: to witness David Schwimmer scared.

Joining him in the upcoming season will be Ana Ortiz as Jen, a stalwart police detective whose adolescent past holds tragic memories. If its anything like its 2023 predecessor, season two of Goosebumps will offer another spine-chilling adventure which is not afraid to be slightly darker than the kid-friendly, Jack Black-led film series. Schwimmer’s character is sure to experience a wild summer, as he faces single parenting, caring for an elderly relative, and whatever else may be waiting for him from Stine’s abundantly eerie imagination.

Words by Elise Barry

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