The White Lotus will be open for a second season.
The HBO comedy took over Twitter this summer, with viewers getting sucked in by both the central mystery (who was in the body bag?) and the minute dramas taking place between the wealthy guests and the beleaguered staff of a luxury hotel in Hawaii. Though the show was initially billed as a miniseries, the network announced a Season 2 renewal last month.
“The next chapter of The White Lotus leaves Hawaii behind and follows a different group of vacationers as they jet to another White Lotus property and settle in temporarily amongst its inhabitants,” HBO said in a press release.
Details are steadily emerging about the upcoming season, from hints about the new location to the actors joining the show (along with a fan-favorite guest returning). Here’s what we know about Season 2 so far.
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Jennifer Coolidge will return for the second season.
We now know that the new group of White Lotus guests will include a familiar face. Deadline reported that Jennifer Coolidge, who played VIP mourner and massage enthusiast Tanya McQuoid, will return for Season 2. Sources told the outlet that the Legally Blonde actress is in talks to reprise her role, though she may end up playing a brand-new character.
In an Entertainment Tonight interview, Coolidge revealed her hopes for the new season. “They haven’t told me what the script is. But, I hope I have lots of romance and sex in this next one. I felt like I didn’t get enough of that in the first one.”
Aubrey Plaza and Michael Imperioli are joining the show.
The new White Lotus already has two new guests: Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza and The Sopranos‘ Michael Imperioli. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Plaza will be a series regular on Season 2, playing Harper Spiller, a woman on vacation with her husband and his friends. She joins Michael Imperioli, who will play Dominic Di Grasso, a man traveling with his elderly father and recent college-graduate son.
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New seasons will take place in different White Lotus hotels.
So what lies ahead for the now-anthology series? In addition to Coolidge’s return, we’re expecting an entirely new cast, a new resort location (still tropical? or wintry, perhaps?), and more scenes of rich people being messy. Creator Mike White hinted in an Entertainment Weekly interview that the series may move to an international location, partly because of logistics.
“We would go somewhere different because there’s no way we could be able to afford the Four Seasons in Maui, not in a pandemic,” White said. “So yeah, it would have to be The White Lotus: Kyoto or something. Which would be fun too, because we could get into culture clash ideas and stuff like that.”
Imagine: all the discomfort of the resort guests embarrassing themselves in front of the staff, plus a language barrier? We’re already mortified, and excited to tune in.
More series regulars have joined the cast.
Deadline reports that the anthology has added on four new cast members to portray resort guests in season 2. Homeland star and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham will play Bert Di Grasso, an elderly man traveling with his son, Dominic Di Grasso (previously Imperioli), and grandson, Albie Di Grasso, a recent college graduate. The grandson will be played by The Magicians‘ Adam DiMarco.
The Night Manager star Tom Hollander will play Quentin, an English expat, vacationing with his friends and his nephew. Rounding out the new additions is Five Feet Apart‘s Haley Lu Richardson as Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss who is believed to be fan favorite McQuoid.
Season 2 will take place in Sicily, Italy.
The White Lotus is trading the Hawaiian luaus for Italian feasts. Variety reports that the second season will take place in Sicily, with a source telling the outlet that filming will take place at the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace in the exclusive Sicilian resort town of Taormina. This will be the second season that the show uses a Four Seasons for to represent their resort, as season 1 was filmed at the luxury chain’s location in Maui.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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