Blackpink member Lisa has joined the cast of “The White Lotus” season 3. Variety learned exclusively.
She will be credited under her first name, Lalisa Manobal, in the third season of the hit HBO series. As with all castings in the third season, his role is kept secret. “The White Lotus” is scheduled to begin production in Koh Samui, Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand in February. Exact plot details are being kept under wraps, aside from the fact that it will follow a new group of guests to a property at the White Lotus resort.
The extensive cast already includes: Leslie Bibb, Dom Hetrakul, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Monaghan, Parker Posey, Tayme Thapthimthong, Christian Friedel, Julian Kostov, Morgana O’Reilly, Lek Patravadi, Shalini Peiris, Carrie Coon, Scott Glenn, Francesca Corney. , Nicholas Duvernay, Arnas Fedaravičius, Natasha Rothwell, Walton Goggins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Aimee Lou Wood, Sarah Catherine Hook and Sam Nivola.
Manobal’s role in “The White Lotus” will mark her acting debut. She is now the second member of Blackpink to appear in an HBO series. Jennie (credited as Jennie Ruby Jane) made her own acting debut in the drama “The Idol”, which premiered in June 2023.
Blackpink – made up of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa – is one of the most popular musical groups in the world. They were launched in August 2016 with the single “Square One” under YG Entertainment. Their single “Boombayah” reached number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart, setting the record for the most-viewed debut music video by a Korean group. They became the highest-charting K-pop girl group on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Ddu-Du Ddu Du”, peaking at #55, and were the first K-pop girl group to enter and chart in topped the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. The group went on to collaborate with artists like Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Selena Gomez.
Manobal, who recently started her own management company called Lloud Co., has broken several individual records herself. With the release of her solo album “Lalisa” in 2021, she was the first female artist to sell 736,999 copies in the first week in South Korea. Her two singles from the album – “Lalisa” and “Money” – charted in the top 10 on the Billboard Global 200, with the latter becoming the longest-charting song by a K-pop soloist in the United States. Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. She broke three Guinness World Records in 2023 as the K-pop artist with the most followers on Instagram and the first solo K-pop winner at the MTV Video Music Awards and the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Manobal is replaced by Lloud Co.
Mike White created “The White Lotus” and serves as executive producer and director. David Bernad and Mark Kamine also serve as executive producers. HBO partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to support the filming and promotion of the third installment.
“The White Lotus” proved to be an immediate hit for HBO when it debuted in 2021. The first season, set in Hawaii, received 20 Emmy Award nominations and ten wins, including Best Limited Series or anthology. The second installment, premiering in December 2022 and set in Sicily, earned 23 Emmy nominations, including Best Drama Series, and ultimately won five awards.
Laura Sirikul contributed to this story.
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