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‘The Flight Attendant’ Star, Kaley Cuoco, Was Convinced Reese Witherspoon Had Already Optioned the Book

Kaley Cuoco stumbled upon 'The Flight Attendant' while browsing Amazon for new books. She immediately asked her team to option the book, even before she read it. Cuoco was quick to pull the trigger, but she initially feared Reese Witherspoon had done it already. Thankfully for Cuoco, Witherspoon didn't have her sights set on the book.

Kaley Cuoco stepped out of the role of Penny in The Big Bang Theory and into the part of Cassie Bowden in The Flight Attendant. Cuoco, in many ways, was the master of her destiny. Instead of waiting around for the perfect role to fall into her lap, she found it herself. Her post-Penny project came to her in a rather serendipitous way, and she immediately instructed her team to option it. Cuoco initially feared it wouldn’t happen. She thought Reese Witherspoon had probably beaten her to the punch. 

Kaley Cuoco instructed her team to option ‘The Flight Attendant’ based on a book cover she saw on Amazon 

Cuoco had just finished up The Big Bang Theory when she came across an interesting book on Amazon, she told the Los Angeles Times. The book, The Flight Attendant, written by Chris Bojalian, immediately caught her attention because of its cover. The cover was of a blond woman running. She noted that the book synopsis sealed the deal. She called her attorney immediately and asked them to option it.  

Kaley Cuoco is spotted in New York City filming season 1 of 'The Flight Attendant'. Season 2 of 'The Flight Attendant' is in the works.
Kaley Cuoco in ‘The Flight Attendant’ | Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Shortly after that, she had the rights to turn the book into a TV show, but Cuoco admitted she hadn’t even read it yet. During a podcast interview, she acknowledged that it was a good thing she liked the story once she did read it because things could have gotten “awkward.” 

Kaley Cuoco was pretty sure Reese Witherspoon had already optioned the story when she first spied the book’s description 

Cuoco wasn’t confident that the deal would go through. In fact, she was certain someone else had already optioned the book. She told the Los Angeles Times that she asked her attorney to check if Witherspoon had optioned the book already. Witherspoon hadn’t, so things worked out for Cuoco.

Reese Witherspoon and Kaley Cuoco are seen standing on the red carpet for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in 2015
Reese Witherspoon and Kaley Cuoco | Dan MacMedan/WireImage

Witherspoon is known in Hollywood for her book adaptations. Her production company, Hello Sunshine, has focused most of its efforts on literary adaptations with strong female leads. Since launching her book club, Witherspoon has purchased the rights to more than a dozen novels, including Big Little Lies. Witherspoon both produced and starred in the smash hit. 

When is season 2 of ‘The Flight Attendant’ expected? 

Cuoco’s instincts about The Flight Attendant were right. The first season of the series opened to rave reviews. Cuoco and the series have received several award nominations. The Television Academy nominated Cuoco for an Emmy Award for her work on the series. The Flight Attendant is nominated in nine categories, total. 


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A second season is also on the way for fans. While it’s been a while since season 1 wrapped, the cast hasn’t gotten back into the studio just yet. According to TV Line, the series will begin filming sometime in late 2021. The second season is expected to be released next spring.