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‘White Lotus’ Season 2 Adds F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hollander, Adam DiMarco, Haley Lu Richardson

“The White Lotus” has added four new cast members for its upcoming Season 2 at HBO, Variety has learned.

F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus,” “Homeland,”), Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager,” “Pirates of the Carribean” franchise), Adam DiMarco (“The Order,” “The Magicians,” and Haley Lu Richardson (“Split,” ” The Edge of Seventeen”) have all joined the second season of the critically-acclaimed dark comedy.

The quartet joins previously announced Season 2 cast members Michael Imperioli and Aubrey Plaza. It was also previously reported that Season 1 star Jennifer Coolidge will return for Season 2, but HBO has yet to officially confirm that. While Season 1 took place in Hawaii, the new season will take place at an entirely new location.

F. Murray Abraham will appear Bert Di Grasso, an elderly man traveling with his son (Imperioli) and grandson (DiMarco). DiMarco will play Albie Di Grasso, a recent college graduate. Hollander will play Quentin, an English expat vacationing with his friends and his nephew. Richardson stars as Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss. All four are series regulars.

“The White Lotus” was created by Mike White, who serves as writer, director, and executive producer on the series. David Bernad and Mark Karmine also executive produce. The show received strong critical acclaim upon its release back in July, with Coolidge in particular drawing praise for her role as the grieving Tanya McQuoid.

Abraham is repped by Innovative Artists and Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell and Vasallo. DiMarco is repped by The Characters Talent Agency and Canopy Media Partners. Hollander is repped by Anonymous Content and United Agents. Richardson is repped by Wolf Kasteler, 3Arts, Gersh, and Sloane Offer.

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Ben Hardy, Dexter Fletcher Join Romance From ‘To All the Boys’ Producers

Rob Delaney, Sally Phillips and Jameela Jamil have also joined ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,’ starring Haley Lu Richardson.

Romance feature The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight has rounded out its cast with Ben Hardy set to play the romantic lead opposite Haley Lu Richardson.

The movie, which will be produced by To All the Boys shingle ACE Entertainment, takes place over a 24-hour period and follows Hadley (Richardson) and Oliver (Hardy), who begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London. But, as the logline reads, “is it misfortune or fate that separates them when they land? The probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but love — and London — may have a way of defying the odds.”

Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has also joined the cast as Hadley’s father, who moved to London after his divorce. Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher will play Val, Oliver’s eccentric Shakespeare-loving father, and Bridget Jones’s Diary’s Sally Phillips will play Oliver’s mom. The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil will act as the story’s narrator.

Katie Lovejoy, who worked with ACE on To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean, penned the screenplay, which is based on a book of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. (ACE is now in post on an adaption of another novel by Smith,  Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.)

Vanessa Caswill, who was behind PBS’ Little Women miniseries, is directing the feature, which is currently in production in London.

Matt Kaplan will produce via ACE. Max Siemers, Matthew Janzen and Aubrey Bendix will oversee the project for ACE.

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Haley Lu Richardson to Lead Romance Adaptation From ‘To All the Boys’ Producers

She will also executive produce the feature adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith’s book ‘The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight.’

Haley Lu Richardson and the filmmakers behind the To All the Boys franchise are teaming for a feature adaptation of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight.

Matt Kaplan and his ACE Entertainment banner will produce the feature, which is set to shoot in London. Along with starring, Richardson is set to executive produce.

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, from author Jennifer E. Smith, is set over a 24-hour period and follows Hadley and Oliver, who begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London. But, as the logline reads, “is it misfortune or fate that separates them when they land? The probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but love — and London — may have a way of defying the odds.”

Katie Lovejoy penned the screenplay, after working with Ace on To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Laura Jean. Vanessa Caswill, who was behind the PBS’ Little Women miniseries, is on board to direct.

ACE is currently working on another adaptation of a Smith novel with Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between, set to star Jordan Fisher.

Max Siemers, Matthew Janzen and Aubrey Bendix will oversee the project for ACE.

Richardson, repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Sloane Offer. can currently be seen in UnPregnant, the first original feature for HBO Max, and recently wrapped production on Kogonada’s After Yang, starring opposite Colin Farrell.. Her other feature credits include Support the Girls, CBS Films’ Five Feet Apart and Julian Fellowes’ The Chaperone.

Caswill is repped by CAA and the U.K.’s 42. Lovejoy is repped by Kaplan/Perrone and Myman Greenspan. Smith is repped by ICM Partners.

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Haley Lu Richardson, Barbie Ferreira to Star in Road Trip Movie ‘UNpregnant’

The coming-of-age project will be the inaugural effort from film producer Greg Berlanti’s deal with HBO Max.

Five Feet Apart star Haley Lu Richardson and Euphoria breakout Barbie Ferreira are going on a road trip.

The two actresses have signed on to star in UNpregnant, one of the first features being made by HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service.

Greg Berlanti is producing with partner Sarah Schechter, with the project being the first movie under his HBO Max film pact and massive overall deal with Warners. Erik Feig, who recently launched PictureStart, is also producing with the company’s Lucy Kitada and Jessica Switch.

Based on the YA novel of the same name, UNpregnant is a coming-of-age story that focuses on a Missouri teen who hits the highway with a friend to obtain a legal abortion. Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan wrote the book as well as the script.

A fall shoot in New Mexico is being readied, with the plan to have the feature in the can, so to speak, for the launch of HBO Max in 2020. Rachel Lee Goldenberg is directing. Berlanti Productions’ Michael McGrath will exec produce.

“When the opportunity to produce a film based on UNpregnant arose in partnership with the incomparable Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Erik Feig, I knew HBO Max was the right place for this story,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said Thursday in a statement. “We want to create authentic, relevant films that are told with grace and humor to serve our young adult audience, and this is exactly that.”

The 24-year-old Richardson has steadily added to her acting résumé over the past five years, working with notable directors like M. Night Shyamalan and appearing in such movies as Split, The Edge of Seventeen and Operation Finale. This year, she toplined, along with Cole Sprouse, the teen drama Five Feet Apart and shot After Yang, a sci-fi drama opposite Colin Farrell which A24 will release in 2020. Richardson is repped by Gersh, 3 Arts Entertainment and Sloane Offer.

Relative newcomer Ferreira is a model who built a major fan base on Instagram and made her acting debut on Sam Levinson’s splashy HBO series Euphoria as high schooler Kat Hernandez, breaking out alongside fellow newcomers like Hunter Schafer. She is repped by Aperture Talent Agency, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Felker Toczek.

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