The White Lotus Season 2 Nearly Starred Evan Peters as THIS Character

The White Lotus executive producer David Bernad teased season three of Mike White's HBO anthology series and revealed behind-the-scenes info about Evan Peters almost being cast in season two.

By EOL Staff Feb 22, 2023 10:29 PMTags
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Is there anything Evan Peters can't do?

Well, apparently, star in season two of The White Lotus. An executive producer for the HBO series just revealed that the DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story star was originally set to play Ethan, the role that eventually went to Will Sharpe.

"That part was the last part we cast in the season," David Bernad confirmed at Germany's Berlinale Series Market film event on Feb. 22, per Deadline. "Originally it was supposed to be Evan Peters, but for whatever reason—scheduling or timing—it didn't work out."

Eventually, Sharpe stepped in to play Ethan, the husband to Aubrey Plaza's Harper, who travels to Sicily for a tense vacation with Theo James and Meghann Fahy's characters.

"We were really trying to figure how to cast that part so it didn't feel like familiar casting," Bernad noted in his speech. "We were in Rome auditioning Italian actors, and I was jetlagged Googling at 4 a.m. and I came across Will Sharpe in Giri/Haji, which is a brilliant show in the U.K. I'd never seen him before and he was just incredibly talented. I looked at his other work and realized he was kind of a chameleon."

Everything We Know About The White Lotus Season 3

Bernad also offered some insight into whether season three of the anthology series will indeed be shooting in Asia, as was previously suggested by creator Mike White—and further teased by his pal Johnny Knoxville.

He shared, "We've tried to work in Asia a lot and hopefully season three will be our chance to make something happen there."


White previously discussed the series' next setting following the season two finale (season one took place in Hawaii and season two in Italy).

"The first season highlighted money and the second season is sex," he explained in an HBO featurette. "I think the third season, it would be maybe a satirical, funny look at death, Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round."

Regardless of where season three eventually takes us, you can check in on the first two seasons of The White Lotus on HBO Max.

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