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Haley Lu Richardson Will Check Into ‘The White Lotus’ For Season 2

Your burning The White Lotus Season 2 questions, answered.

To absolutely nobody’s surprise, HBO Max’s The White Lotus, the whodunnit social satire about a group of super rich people vacationing at a luxury hotel in Hawaii, is being renewed for a second season.

The miniseries, which premiered in July 2021, generated tons of Twitter buzz — especially due to the influx of the many “We just realized how good of an actor Jennifer Coolidge is!” profiles, and exploded in popularity, where it seems like every other person was making some kind of joke about how Jake Lacy’s character is still reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, ranking the evilness of its characters in approval matrixes, and more.

The White Lotus has been compared to Succession, a welcome substitute for our prestige television-starved brains hungry to watch the wild antics and emotional entanglements of lonely, greedy people. The six-part series was helmed by Mike White, who also created — no big! — School of Rock, where he played Ned Schneebly, Sarah Silverman’s passive, enabling bf; Enlightenment, the phenomenal but supremely slept-on HBO series starring Laura Dern; and was a writer and producer on Freaks and Geeks. To top it off, White also competed in two seasons of The Amazing Race as well as Survivor, making him one of the most bizarrely well-rounded talents in Hollywood.

Find everything you need to know about White Lotus Season 2, below.

When did Season 2 get announced?

HBO announced the show will have a second season even before the premiere of the season one finale in August — something they also did with Big Little Lies. (Though, hopefully, the second season of The White Lotus won’t become the Nicole Kidman courtroom drama we didn’t need.) HBO execs’ pockets are most certainly filling with cash as we speak, and the decision was probably an easy one: According to Deadline, The White Lotus was the No. 1 series on HBO Max in August and its audience only grew week after week.

The White Lotus Season 2 will move onto another luxury hotel

The Deadline report says Season 2 will follow a different group of wealthy freaks — though White told IndieWire that maybe some of the cast could return as the same characters — as they work and stay at another White Lotus hotel, this time swapping the beaches of Hawaii for somewhere in Europe. Hmmm...where else is cursed? Paris?

“I don’t think you can credibly have [all the Season 1 guests] on the same vacation again,” White told TV Line. “But maybe it could be a Marvel Universe type thing, where some of them would come back. We only made one-year deals with the actors, so we’d have to find out who is even available.”

Early sources are saying Season 2 might take place in Italy

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say Italy is being eyed as the location for the second season, but HBO has not yet confirmed. We’re all for adding some Vespas, organized crime and a language barrier into the mix.

The White Lotus Season 2 cast is fully stacked

The White Lotus universe gave us some good news to start off 2022: Aubrey Plaza and Sopranos star Michael Imperioli will be joining the cast of White Lotus Season 2, alongside Season 1 fan fave Jennifer Coolidge. In mid-January, Variety reported that F. Murray Abraham of Homeland, Tom Hollander of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Adam DiMarco of The Order, and Haley Lu Richardson of The Edge of Seventeen will be joining the Season 2 cast.

Michael Imperioli, noted meditation expert and My Bloody Valentine superfan, best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos, will play Dominic Di Grasso, who travels to the White Lotus resort with his elderly father — played by Abraham — and college-aged son — played by DiMarco. Plaza will play Harper Spiller, a woman on vacation with her husband and his friends. Hollander will play Quentin, an English expat vacationing with his friends and his nephew, while Richardson will play Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss.

In October, TV Line reported Jennifer Coolidge, who played Tanya McQuoid, the spacey middle-aged socialite visiting Hawaii to sprinkle her mother’s ashes and have a lot of white wine breakdowns, will be returning to the cast for Season 2. White has not yet announced whether Coolidge will reprise Tanya, or if she’ll come back as an entirely new character. Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy, watch out: There’s a new anthology series in town!

While we await more Season 2 details, you can brush up on the astrological signs and cosmic chaos of all your favorite White Lotus characters.

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