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The six-episode series, titled The White Lotus, is set to begin production in Hawaii this month, following strict COVID-19 guidelines. Murray Bartlett (Looking, Tales of the City), Connie Britton (Dirty John, Friday Night Lights) and Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls) head the cast.
“Mike is an unparalleled talent whose groundbreaking work has transformed both the film and TV space,” said HBO Programming executive vp Francesca Orsi. “We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with him again on yet another hilarious and perceptive piece that exposes the complexities of life and humanity itself.”
The White Lotus is described as a social satire. It follows the staff and guests at a tropical resort over the course of a week. White is writing, directing and executive producing.
The cast also includes Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch, San Andreas), Fred Hechinger (Eighth Grade), Jake Lacy (Girls, Mrs. America), Brittany O’Grady (Apple’s Little Voice), Natasha Rothwell (Insecure), Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) and Steve Zahn (The Good Lord Bird).
“It’s beyond exciting to return to HBO with this project and such an incredible cast,” said White. “I am very grateful to everyone who has made it possible for us to bring our little bubble to Hawaii, a place I am proud to think of as a second home.”
White is coming off The One and Only Ivan for Disney+, for which he wrote the screenplay. The White Lotus will be his first series as creator since HBO’s cult favorite Enlightened, which ran from 2011-13.
Bartlett is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content. Britton is repped by Untitled Entertainment, WME and Hansen Jacobson. Coolidge is with by UTA and Mosaic. Daddario is repped by Untitled Entertainment, UTA, Rogers & Cowan PMK and Jeff Hynick, Karl R. Austen and Marcy Morris. Hechinger is repped by A3 Artists Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, ID PR and attorney Ryan Levine. Lacy is with UTA and Beth Rosner Management. O’Grady is with ICM Partners, Suskin Management and Jackoway Austen. Rothwell is repped by CAA, Edna Cowan Management, Jackoway Austen and Sechel PR. Sweeney is with Paradigm, Imprint PR and Hansen Jacobson. Zahn is with UTA and Principal Entertainment LA.
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