‘White Lotus’ Season 3 Begins Filming: Everything We Know

The White Lotus season 3 is checking in!

Mike White’s Emmy-winning social satire kicked off in Thailand in mid-February, sharing a stunning shot from their tropical set.

“Unforgettable experiences are in the works at #TheWhiteLotus. We are eager to welcome new guests to our resort in Thailand,” the show’s Instagram account captioned the picturesque photo, which also features a clapboard emblazoned with the logo of the fictional resorts can be seen. such as the names of White and cinematographer Ben Kutchins.

Like the first two seasons, the new installment will take place in one of the luxury hotel’s exotic locations, where a new group of guests and employees will find their lives colliding in unexpected ways.

In the meantime, ET examines everything we know so far about the cast, location and plot – including White’s latest hints and what many members of the extended ensemble have previously said about returning.

The cast

The show added even more star power in early February when that was announced BLACKPINK‘s Lisa would join the cast. ET confirms that the 26-year-old singer, also named Lalisa Manobal, will officially make her acting debut on the hit HBO anthology series in an undisclosed role. Variety was the first to report the casting news.

Last month, The White Lotus has added five more actors for the upcoming third season, including Patrick Schwarzenegger, Walter Goggins, Sarah Catherine Hook, Sam Nivola and Aimee Lou Wood. HBO announced this earlier Leslie BibbDom Hetrakul, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Monaghan, Parker Posey and Tayme Thapthimthong were all set to join the series, alongside the previously announced returning cast member Natasha Rothwellwho reprises her role as spa manager Belinda Lindsey from the first season set in Hawaii.

“I can’t say anything. I literally can’t,” Rothwell told ET in December. “I will say I’ve read all the scripts and people are in for a treat. It’s bigger than ever. Brace yourselves.”

Many fans previously wondered if Jennifer Coolidge would return as Tanya McQuiod, the heartbroken guest who found solace with Greg Hunt (Jon Gries) in Season 1 before the two’s romance began to fall apart in Season 2. The 62-year-old actress won her first Primetime Emmy for Season 1 and was nominated again for Reprisals.

In an interview with DeadlineWhite said he couldn’t imagine doing another episode without her. “Jennifer is my friend and everyone loved her in the first season, and I thought, ‘I can’t go to Italy without Jennifer.’ And maybe that’s still the case. Maybe you can’t go to Japan without Jennifer.”

And Coolidge seemed open to more. “Yes, yes. Of course,” she told ET when asked if she would return, before adding, “I mean, I don’t know what Mike has in mind. But yes, I would love [to come back].”

However, based on the season 2 finaleCoolidge’s involvement in the series has come to an end.

While Rothwell is the only returning star tapped this season, there are plenty of others white Lotus alumni who would jump at the chance to check in again. White told it earlier Deadline“There are so many fun actors we’ve worked with so far, so it’s just kind of who’s available.”

Before announcing her reprisals, Rothwell previously said, “I will follow Mike White to the ends of the earth.” Her upcoming material could be a way to tie up loose ends regarding Tanya’s storyline, which may need some closure after the events of season 2.

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From the Season 1 ensemble, several told ET that they are willing to return for another stint at the White Lotus.

“I would do anything with Mike White. Like: white Lotus season 3 [or] something very different. You know, help him move boxes to a new house. Like, whatever he wants. I absolutely adore him and think he’s a genius. So if he has something to do and I get a call, I’ll be there.” Jake Kant said, confirm that he’s “100 percent” in favor of White wanting him to reprise his role as demanding guest Shane Patton.

Alexandra Daddario, who played Shane’s wife Rachel, is also returning. “If he had a great idea, of course,” she said. “I would do anything… Just being a small part of the series is amazing.”

As for other season 1 stars, Connie Brittonwho played mother and businesswoman Nicole Mossbacher said, “With any luck, I might be in another season.”

After the finale, Britton’s on-screen daughter, Sydney Sweeneysaid there conversations had taken place with the show about the possibility of returning, with the Euphoria star who reveals that she is open to whatever direction the creator decides to take in the future. “I’m so excited for Mike,” she said. “Mike’s writing is just so fun and so incredible.”

As for the season 2 cast, there are just as many people who want to come back – especially now that the audience knows who broke up with you of Sicily alive.

When asked if she could return as the uptight Harper Spiller, Aubrey Plaza said: “I hope so. It depends on if I’m a fan favorite. I guess it just depends on who people want [to see again]F. Murray Abraham, who plays aging patriarch Bert Di Grasso, said he wants to return for both Season 3 and Seasons 4 through 6 – if there are that many. one,” he shared.

One guest fans know is alive and kicking and that’s Daphne Babcock (Meghan Fahy), who was vacationing at the Sicilian estate with Harper and their two husbands before discovering a mysterious body in the water. “Oh my God, of course,” Fahy said of his return. “I mean, I would faint in the third season. It’s such a great set to be on. Just to see everyone working. The cast is so great and it’s so cool to see Mike working I mean, I would totally be there, of course.”

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Unfortunately, there is still one person who cannot return Murray Bartlett like that of season 1 hotel manager Armand. That is, unless “we go back in time or something,” he offered. And that seems like an unlikely turn for the series.

The location

The White Lotus season 3 is set in Thailand and filming takes place in and around Koh Samui, Phuket and Bangkok. HBO announced in January 2024 that it was working directly with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to support the show’s filming and production.

“We are honored to have Amazing Thailand as the filming location for the highly anticipated upcoming season of The White Lotus,” said Thapanee Kiatphaibool, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.The kingdom’s exotic natural beauty, rich historical sites and diverse landscapes are the perfect environment to share our fascinating culture, fantastic cuisine, world-class wellness and luxury offerings, and most importantly, our people and Thai hospitality. Thailand has long been considered one of the world’s favorite filming locations. The White Lotus project is sure to cement the kingdom’s status as a favorite film destination and a beacon of experiential tourism, inspiring even more visitors to Amazing Thailand.”

The destination fits perfectly with White’s plans for the latest episode. “In the first season we emphasized money and then the second season is sex and I think the third season might be a kind of satirical and funny look at death in Eastern religion and spirituality,” he said in a making-of -season. 2 videos. “It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.”

Not only that, but the Four Seasons, which served as a filming location for the first two seasons, has several luxury hotels in the country. (In Season 1, the Four Seasons Maui served as the White Lotus property, while Four Seasons San Domenico Palace took the place of the property in Season 2.)

The plot

While White is keeping quiet about the storyline for now, he did talk about it EW“It will be super big white Lotus. It gets longer, bigger, crazier. I don’t know what people will think, but I’m super excited, so at least for my own barometer that’s a good thing… I’m super excited about the content of the season.”


The White Lotus seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Max.

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