My Brilliant Friend Season 2 Trailer: Growing Up Doesn’t Mean Letting Go

HBO has released the official trailer for the upcoming second season of Italian drama series My Brilliant Friend, which will be based on Elena Ferrante’s second novel in the Neapolitan book series titled The Story of a New Name. Featuring the return of Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace as Elena and Lila, the series is set to return on Monday, March 16. Check out the video in the player below!

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My Brilliant Friend is the tale of Elena Greco and the most important friend in her life. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives and explores the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — both her best friend and her worst enemy.

Filmed in Italian, the eight-episode first season of My Brilliant Friend starred newcomers Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti as the younger versions of Elena and Lila, while Mazzucco and Girace portrayed teenage versions of the characters.

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My Brilliant Friend is based on Ferrante’s bestselling novels, which are published in the U.S. by Europa Editions. The first novel, My Brilliant Friend, came out in 2012. Each year, a subsequent book followed, including The Story of a New NameThose Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. The series has sold more than 10 million copies in 40 different countries.


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