In 2021, The White Lotus brought us irony. It disgusted us. It brought us Jennifer Coolidge crying into a box of ashes and Alexandra Daddario making every journalist question their job. And while we have to say goodbye to the swaying palm trees and ominous yellow skies of the Hawaiian resort, HBO has confirmed that the holiday is just enough for a little detour: The social satire is returning for a second season, this time in a new regional language and with a new VIP cast.
Per Deadlineseason 2 of The White Lotus will leave behind the drama of the Maui murder mystery in exchange for a stay in Europe. But rest assured, the story will follow another set of privileged globetrotters as they check into a White Lotus property. Here’s what little we know about what’s next.
When will season 2 premiere?
The White Lotus will return in October, Variety reports, though an exact release date has yet to be revealed.
What will The White Lotus is season 2 around?
The first season followed three groups of guests as they tried to enjoy a relaxing vacation in Maui, only for approx everything go awry and end up in unexpected death. Since showrunner Mike White will also be involved in season two, we can expect it to follow a similar trajectory—maybe it doesn’t involve murder, but who knows?—and force its high-profile guests to examine their own moral failings. Whether or not they’ll actually learn from them this time remains to be seen.
“Mike has once again delivered a staple HBO show and is the talk of the town,” Francesca Orsi, EVP Programming at HBO, said in a statement following the Season 2 announcement. “We’re excited to hear where he wants to go next after closing this epic chapter in Hawaii, and we look forward to continuing to follow him wherever he takes us.”
That will take place;
White initially said TVLine show would change locations from Hawaii, saying it “should be a different hotel, like, say, The White Lotus: San Tropez or something.” In an interview with Vanity fair, hinted at possible locations in France or Japan. Finally, in January 2022, Variety first reported that season 2 would be filmed in Sicily, specifically at the Four Seasons San Domenica Palace in Taormina.
Who will be in the cast?
It will probably be a few months before we get a full confirmed cast list for next season, but we do know that two big names will be making their first appearance on the show: Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation). Per Variety, Imperioli was the first new cast member confirmed for Season 2 and will play Dominic Di Grasso, a vacationer traveling with his elderly father and young son, a recent college graduate. Plaza will take on the role of Harper Spiller, another vacationer, but one who arrives with her husbands and his friends.
F. Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Meghann Fahy, Tom Hollander, Theo James, Haley Lu Richardson, Will Sharpe and Leo Woodall also star. Variety.
Fortunately, there are plenty of Hollywood A-listers who are loved for their portrayals of the entitled rich. (Basically, his entire cast Big Little Lies seems to fit.) Our one request? Bring Natasha Rothwell back as Belinda and give her what she deserves: a huge, wildly successful spa business. It was about time.
Who are the new Italian cast members?
Since the new season is set in Italy, some real Italian actors have been cast as characters who reside in the Italian resort during the week of the season. Actress Sabrina Impacciatore has been cast as a character named Valentina, Deadline says, who manages the White Lotus resort in Sicily. Beatrice Grannó and Simona Tabasco play two local young women named Mia and Lucia who spend time around the hotel.
Is there a trailer yet?
Not quite, but an HBO Max trailer shared on July 18 shared a glimpse of the new season. (Jump to 0:17 below.) The quick montage shows Coolidge’s Tanya enjoying a Vespa ride, Sabrina Impacciatore’s Valentina welcoming guests to White Lotus, and Plaza’s Harper sharing a toast with other patrons (probably before their holidays go downhill).
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