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Elizabeth Banks Lobbies For ‘The White Lotus’ As Season Three Is Casting – Deadline

Elizabeth Banks desires to play a homicide sufferer on HBO‘s The White Lotus.

The actress-producer spoke about her dream function on Stay With Kelly and Mark Friday whereas selling the brand new animated film Migration she stars in, which was written by The White Lotus author, director and govt producer Mike White 4 years in the past, earlier than he launched into the hit HBO homicide thriller sequence.

“I wish to be murdered so badly on The White Lotus,” she stated. “Kill me. Please, kill me. I don’t know the way it occurs however…,” Banks stated earlier than getting interrupted by Ripa who implored her that she needed to do it, prompting Banks to say, “Inform him!,” referring to Whereas.

Ripa obliged, turning to the digicam to say, “Mike White, please put your good friend Elizabeth Banks in White Lotus season Three or 4. We’ll take both one.” (You’ll be able to watch the change under. For the document, the sequence has been renewed by way of Season 3.)

As Deadline reported final month, The White Lotus began casting for its upcoming third installment instantly after the tip of the SAG-AFTRA strike on Nov. 9.

There was quite a lot of exercise since, with the producers sending affords to a number of well-known stars and studying quite a lot of actors. Thus far, no new solid members have been locked in and set to hitch Season 1’s Natasha Rothwell. She is reprising her function as Belinda within the Thailand-set third season, which is able to comply with these which might be vacationing at a resort there.

As Deadline reported, 13 roles are casting, 9 of them sequence regulars — ranging in ages between 18-80s — with a patriarch, a company govt, an actress, a few moms, a misfit and a yogi within the multi-generational group.

Filming is tentatively slated to start in early February in Thailand.

“It’s going to be a supersized White Lotus,” White stated about Season Three final month. “It’s going to be longer, greater, crazier. I don’t know what folks will suppose, however I’m tremendous excited, so at the least for my very own barometer, that’s a great factor.”

It’s unclear whether or not which means the variety of episodes would improve once more after going up from 6 in Season 1 to 7 in Season 2.

Initially focused for 2024, Season Three is “doubtless shifting into 2025” as a result of strikes, Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO and Max, stated final month.

Following the Season 2 finale of The White Lotus final December, White stated that Season Three will discover “dying in Japanese faith and spirituality.”

Stated HBO’s head of drama Francesca Orsi in Might, “It’s an exploration about spirituality versus the ego. And it’s set towards the Japanese faith.”

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