HBO’s “The White Lotus” Begins Casting For Season 3
Mike White’s brilliant The White Lotus is gearing up to bring a fresh group of cosseted tourists to a new resort location for season 3. After a gangbusters murder mystery in season two—set in the unimprovable location of Sicily—White is bringing the third season of his critically acclaimed series to Thailand, with production potentially beginning next February, Deadline reports. Meanwhile, casting has begun—there are few jobs more coveted in the TV world than landing a spot on The White Lotus roster—now that the SAG-AFTRA strike is over.
White’s anthology series has depicted both the staff and the guests of the titular White Lotus resort in Hawaii and Sicily, utilizing those locations not only for their abundant beauty but also for unleashing the often rich, occasionally obnoxious guests on the staff and locals they interact with. From season one to two, only two characters, Jennifer Coolerdige‘s Tanya and Jon Gries’ Greg Hunt, carried over. For season three, word is that Natasha Rothwell’s Belinda, an employee at the Hawaii location’s spa in season one, will be reappearing. The rest of the cast will presumably be new, and considering you don’t only get to star in one of the buzziest series in all of television but you also get to spend months in a beautiful location, the competition will be fierce. Deadline reports that thirteen roles are currently being cast, nine of them for series regulars, ranging in age from 18 to 80.
The White Lotus season two was nominated for 23 Emmys and was moved officially, and it particularly dominated the supporting actress in a drama series category, nabbing five of the eight slots—Jennifer Coolidge, Meghann Fahy, Sabrina Impacciatore, Aubrey Plaza, and Simona Tabasco.
“It’s going to be a supersized White Lotus,” White told Entertainment Weekly about season 3. “It’s going to be longer, bigger, crazier. I don’t know what people will think, but I am super excited, so at least for my own barometer, that’s a good thing.”
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Featured image: Francesco Zecca as Matteo, Leo Woodall as Jack, Tom Hollander as Quentin, Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya McQuoid-Hunt, Haley Lu Richardson as Portia. Photo courtesy HBO.