“The White Lotus” Season 3 is Headed to Thailand
Mike White’s deliciously devilish satire The White Lotus is headed to Thailand, Variety reports. Following the first season’s luxe tropical setting in Hawaii (shot at the Four Seasons) and season two’s decadent, Old World beauty in Sicily (also shot at the Four Seasons), there’s a good chance that season three will take advantage of the luxury hotel’s properties in Thailand. The country offers no shortage of jaw-dropping beauty, including lush jungles, bustling city streets, and pristine beaches.
As Variety notes, there are Four Seasons in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, the Golden Triangle, and Koh Samui. This gives White and his team the option of shooting on the beach, in the big city, or in the jungle. Perhaps he’ll create a mega-White Lotus that encompasses multiple locations. Or, as he did in season two, send a couple of his characters off on a day trip.
We’ve known since season two’s shocking finale that White was eyeing Asia as the setting for the third season. White himself had hinted that season three could take place somewhere that practices Eastern religion in a clip revealed after the season two finale.
“The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex,” White said in the clip. “I think the third season would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.”
Executive producer David Bernard did more than merely hint that Asia was a prime choice. “We’ve tried to work in Asia a lot, and hopefully, season three will be our chance to make something happen there,” he said.
Variety reports that White has been in Thailand looking at locations. There are no details yet on casting. Season two had an almost entirely new cast, save for Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya and Jon Gries’ scheming Greg Hunt. Considering the show’s success, the bounty of rich material White provides for his performers, and the joy of spending months in a beautiful location on an award-winning show, there aren’t many performers in the business who wouldn’t leap at the chance to be a part of season three.
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