Everything you need to know about The White Lotus, HBO’s dark social satire on luxury tourism

The White Lotus season 2: the hit HBO series is returning, and the new location has just been revealed

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HBO’s black comedy series The White Lotus is returning for a second season, and has some exciting new cast members have just been confirmed.

It was midsummer last year when a new series about the misadventures of wealthy clientele at a luxury Hawaiian resort landed on our TV screens. It had everything you could possibly want from a show: gorgeous locations, pitch-perfect casting, and a script that could elicit hysterical laughter one minute and stun you into silence the next.

Much like other rich person dramas such as Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, The White Lotus was a brilliant social satire about the nightmarish behaviour of its affluent, entitled holidaymakers. In this show, however, the spotlight was also turned on the hotel’s downtrodden staff, and the injustices caused by the structural forces at large in the world.

The show was a runaway success, and by the time the first season wrapped up, we were instantly left wanting more. And now, after HBO announced last year that the popular series would get a follow-up, the network has shared some exciting details about the new cast and location.

Ready to head back off on holiday? Read on for everything we know about the second instalment of The White Lotus.

What is the plot of The White Lotus season 2?

The White Lotus on Sky Atlantic
The White Lotus on Sky Atlantic

For those who are unfamiliar, the original six-part series followed a group of visitors and employees at an exclusive Hawaiian resort. 

Per the official synopsis: “The White Lotus is a sharp social satire following the exploits of various employees and guests at an exclusive Hawaiian resort over the span of one highly transformative week.

“As darker dynamics emerge with each passing day, this biting six-episode series gradually reveals the complex truths of the seemingly picture-perfect travellers, cheerful hotel employees, and idyllic locale itself.​”

However, while the first season was filmed at the Four Seasons resort in Maui, the second instalment is expected to follow a different group of holidaymakers in the Mediterranean. 

According to Variety, the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace in the exclusive Sicilian resort town of Taormina will stand in for the fictional luxury chain of White Lotus hotels in the upcoming second season.

Who is in the cast of The White Lotus season 2?

Michael Imperioli
Michael Imperioli will star in season 2 of The White Lotus

Many details about the new cast of The White Lotus are being kept under wraps at this point in time, although we do know that the new episodes will centre around lead character Michael Imperioli.

Best known for starring as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos, Imperioli will play Dominic Di Grasso, a man travelling with his elderly father and recent college graduate son.

Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has been announced as one of the new faces checking in. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Plaza will play Harper Spiller, a woman on vacation with her husband and his friends.

In an interview with Variety, Plaza said she was most looking forward to working with Mike White, who created, wrote and directed The White Lotus.

“I was a fan of season one, but more importantly, I was a big Mike White fan. So I’m very excited to work with him,” she said. “I’m very honoured to be on this television series, and I hope I don’t let everybody down. It seems like everyone watched this show.”

Aubrey Plaza joins the cast of The White Lotus season 2
Aubrey Plaza joins the cast of The White Lotus season 2

New cast members also include F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest, Showtime, The Grand Budapest Hotel), who is set to play Bert Di Grasso, an elderly man traveling with his son and grandson.

The Order’s Adam DiMarco, meanwhile, will portray Albie Di Grasso, a recent college graduate who is travelling with his father (played by Imperioli) and grandfather (F. Murray Abraham).

Tom Hollander
The White Lotus season 2: Tom Hollander will play Quentin, an English expat who is vacationing with his friends and his nephew

It’s also been announced that Tom Hollander (The King’s Man, Pride & Prejudice, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End) will play Quentin, an English expat who is vacationing with his friends and his nephew. 

Haley Lu Richardson
The White Lotus season 2: Haley Lu Richardson will play Portia, a young woman who is travelling with her boss.

Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge Of Seventeen, Unpregnant, Five Feet Apart) will also be joining the cast as Portia, a young woman who is travelling with her boss. 

Season one scene-stealer Jennifer Coolidge, who starred in the original lineup as “insane alcoholic” Tanya McQuoid, is also returning.

The first season of the series, which premiered in July 2021, also included Connie Britton, Natasha Rothwell, Steve Zahn, Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Sydney Sweeney and Brittany O’Grady.

Is there a release date for The White Lotus season 2?

Not yet – but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know.

Images: HBO/Getty

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Christobel Hastings

Christobel Hastings is Stylist's Entertainment Editor whose specialist interests include pop culture, LGBTQ+ identity and lore.