The trailer for The White Lotus: Sicily is finally here.
The first season of the show swept the 2022 Emmys with five wins and, soon, the show will return for another round. Titled The White Lotus: Sicily, the second season of the anthology series will leave behind the palm trees of Hawaii for the baroque aesthetics of Italy, as we meet a new group of travellers vacationing in, you guessed it: Sicily.
Jennifer Coolidge, who won an Emmy for her performance as Tanya McQuoid for the show’s first season, is the only returning character for the new season.
Without further ado, here’s everything we know about The White Lotus: Sicily so far.
Is There a Trailer for The White Lotus: Sicily?
Yes, it’s here. In it, we see Tanya (Coolidge) now married to Greg (Jon Gries), among the guests staying at The White Lotus hotel in Sicily.
“Whenever I stay at a White Lotus, I always have a memorable time,” Coolidge says, ominously. Later, she tells her assistant she thinks Greg might be having an affair.
We also finally get a good look at the new cast with hotel guests played by Theo James and Meghann Fahy.
Previously, we’d only seen a teaser for the show, with Tanya speaking as an ambassador for White Lotus properties, as a member of their Petal and Blossom Circles. It told us… absolutely nothing about the plot, but was still very iconic.
What Is The White Lotus: Sicily About?
Aside from knowing that The White Lotus: Sicily will once again follow a group of characters staying at a luxury hotel, specific plot details are being kept pretty tightly under wraps at the moment.
In an interview with Vulture, however, creator Mike White revealed that he was leaving behind the themes of colonialism that were rooted in the power dynamics of Season 1. Instead, Season 2 will be examining gender roles and jealousy to create what he calls “a bedroom farce with teeth.”
While chatting to Cosmopolitan, Aubrey Plaza revealed a little about how this will play out, saying: “Most of my story is a separate story. I play a woman who’s married and we’re on vacation with another couple. Our story exists with our little foursome, but there are moments when some of the characters overlap, like in the first season.”
Who Is Starring in The White Lotus: Sicily?
An anthology series, the vast majority of the cast of The White Lotus Season 1 will not be returning for The White Lotus: Sicily, which makes sense, because quite frankly, it would be strange if they all went on holiday together in a new location after the events of the first season.
HBO announced, “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.”
The exception to this rule, as stated above, is Coolidge. Otherwise, we have Parks and Recreation alum Aubrey Plaz leading the charge with the Season 2 cast. Plaza recently described playing her character, Harper Spiller, as “pretty devastating and hard”.
“Without going into personal details, Mike [White] knows me very, very well, on a way more intimate level than most people know me, and a lot of what he wrote was informed by just knowing me on that intimate level,” Plaza told EW.
“It was really intense for me, reading it and shooting it,” she continued. “I relate to this character more than any character I’ve ever played. It’s really, really close to home. It felt very naked. It was pretty devastating and hard.”
Plaza went on to describe White’s script for the season as “so subtle” but with “such a deep truth to it”.
“It just crushes me,” Plaza said of the script. “I wanted so badly to do a good job, and Harper’s journey, there’s a lot of moments in this season that felt very nightmare-ish to me. It just felt real, and shaking that off was a big obstacle for me. I don’t regret it because I wanted to give Mike everything, no matter what happened. But I’ll be terrified and horrified to see it.”
Joining Coolidge and Plaza for Season 2 are the following:
- F. Murray Abraham as Bert Di Grasso
- Adam DiMarco as Albie
- Jon Gries as Greg
- Haley Lu Richardson as Portia
- Meghann Rahy as Daphne Babcock
- Beatrice Grannò as Mia
- Tom Hollander as Quentin
- Sabrina Impacciatore as Valentina
- Michael Imperioli as Dominic Di Grasso
- Theo James as Cameron Babcock
- Aubrey Plaza as Harper Spiller
- Will Sharpe as Ethan Spiller
- Simona Tabasco as Lucia
- Leo Woodall as Jack
Where Was The White Lotus: Sicily Filmed?
The first season of The White Lotus was filmed at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, Hawaii, so when the second season was announced, it only made sense to continue the tradition.
The White Lotus: Sicily was filmed at the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace, which is located in the Sicilian resort town of Taormina.
Per the hotel’s website, the San Domenico Palace is “perched on a rocky promontory high above the Ionian Sea” and “welcomes you to a 14th-century convent with panoramic views of Mount Etna and the ancient Greek theatre”.
How Many Episodes Will The White Lotus: Sicily Have?
The White Lotus: Sicily will have seven episodes.
When Is The White Lotus: Sicily Coming Out?
Halloween! The White Lotus: Sicily will premiere on BINGE on Monday, October 31, 2022, and release weekly from there.
Where Can I Watch The White Lotus: Sicily in Australia?
The White Lotus: Sicily will be streaming on BINGE from October 31st.
Will There Be a Third Season of The White Lotus?
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Deadline has reported that HBO has left the door open for a third series of The White Lotus, but it’s really up to creator Mike White whether he wants to pursue another season.
“The show is a lot for Mike. Obviously, he went from Hawaii to Italy, and so he would have to think about where does he want to go?,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer of HBO and HBO Max. “Most showrunners I find… nobody’s doing a show just to do it. They really have to be motivated by a story that they feel like they’ve got to tell, they’ve got to get out of them. Mike is no different. If he has a story or a theme that he wants to explore for a third season, obviously, we would be thrilled to have that conversation with him.”