The White Lotus knows how to build a compelling ensemble for maximum viewership and drama. Big names like Theo James and Aubrey Plaza playing amongst lesser known, equally hot and complex actors like Will Sharpe and Simona Tabasco make for a great mix of fan faves and fresh discoveries all being messy and sexy at each other.According to series executive producer David Bernad, season two was almost a bit more A-lister heavy.During a keynote chat at the Berline Sales Market in Germany Wednesday morning, the producer said Evan Peters was the prime choice for the character of Ethan Spiller before scheduling conflicts got the role’s reigns handed over to Will Sharpe.“That part was the last part we cast in the season, and originally it was supposed to be Evan Peters, but for whatever reason – scheduling or timing – it didn’t work out,” Bernad reveals to Deadline.That doesn’t mean that Sharpe was expected to give a runner-up level performance in the show, of course.
The producer came across the actor online and quickly had full confidence in his abilities.“We were really trying to figure how to cast that part so it didn’t feel like familiar casting,” he recalls. “We were in Rome auditioning Italian actors, and I was jetlagged Googling at 4am and I came across Will Sharpe in Giri/Haji, which is a brilliant show in the UK.
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.”The cousin of one of Dahmer’s victims says their family is “pissed” about Netflix‘s new miniseries about the serial killer.It’s slightly surprising that Peters passed on a more mundane set like White Lotus in favor of the dark Monster miniseries.