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Nicole Kidman is set to return for the second season of the spy thriller Special Ops: Lioness from the creator of Yellowstone.


A. James for Daily Mail Australia

Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman is set to return for the second season of Paramount’s espionage series + Special Ops: Lioness.

The 56-year-old Sydney-born actress plays the head of a team of female CIA agents.

Kidman is also executive producing the action thriller written by Taylor Sheridan, creator of Kevin Costner’s Yellowstone series fame.

Other regulars of the series including stars Zoe Saldana and Laysla De Oliveira will also return for the second season, Yahoo News reported on Friday.

Michael Kelly and Morgan Freeman were also announced as regulars this season.

Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman is set to return for the second season of Paramount’s espionage series + Special Ops: Lioness. Pictured: Nicole Kidman at the Met Gala this week

The eight-episode first season, inspired by a real-life US military program, focused on a covert operation in which female agents were recruited to befriend the wives and girlfriends of terrorists.

In the first season, CIA agent Joe (Zoe Saldaña) recruited Marine Cruz, played by Laysla De Oliveira, to befriend the daughter of a financier who funds a terrorist program.

A new statement from the producers says that Kidman may play a bigger role in the second season as Joe’s strict boss.

The 56-year-old Sydney-born actress plays the head of a team of female CIA agents.  Kidman is also executive producing the action thriller written by Taylor Sheridan, creator of Kevin Costner's Yellowstone series fame.  Kidman is shown in a scene from the first season of Special Ops: Lioness

The 56-year-old Sydney-born actress plays the head of a team of female CIA agents. Kidman is also executive producing the action thriller written by Taylor Sheridan, creator of Kevin Costner’s Yellowstone series fame. Kidman is shown in a scene from the first season of Special Ops: Lioness

«Our Paramount+ audience has clearly rallied to support the compelling, global story of Lioness and powerful performances from Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira and Nicole Kidman,» said Jeff Grossman, executive vice president of programming for Paramount+.

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The statement also confirmed that Sheridan, who wrote all eight episodes of the first season, will return to oversee the series.

It comes after Kidman was honored at the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Gala in Los Angeles last month.

The eight-episode first season, inspired by a real-life US military program, focused on a covert operation in which female agents were recruited to befriend the wives and girlfriends of terrorists.  It stars Zoe Saldana and Laysla De Oliveira.  Pictured: Season One

The eight-episode first season, inspired by a real-life US military program, focused on a covert operation in which female agents were recruited to befriend the wives and girlfriends of terrorists. It stars Zoe Saldana and Laysla De Oliveira. Pictured: Season One

The Australian actress raved that the AFI honor was «beyond my wildest dreams» when she was announced as the recipient in early April.

«Receiving this award fills me with immense gratitude,» she wrote at the time. “To be the first Australian to be honored in this way leaves me speechless.

Nicole added: “I grew up as a suburban Sydney girl who just wanted to act; Building a career doing what I love is a blessing beyond my dreams. Thank you AFI for this wonderful honor.”

She later shared a throwback photo of herself in one of her first films, 1983’s Bush Christmas.

«This 14-year-old girl could never have predicted all the talented people she would be working with and the many different characters she would be able to play,» she captioned the post.

“So excited to celebrate with so many friends and peers with @AmericanFilmInstitute xx on Saturday,” added Nicole.



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