Michael Imperioli has joined the cast of The White Lotus season 2. The actor gained recognition early on in his career for being a part of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, where he played Spider, appearing in only a couple, though memorable, scenes. However, Imperioli is best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos, HBO’s hit crime drama show, often regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, aired for six seasons over the course of eight years. For his work on the series, Imperioli received multiple Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category, winning in 2004. Most recently, he reprised the role for voice-over work in The Many Saints of Newark, 2021’s Sopranos prequel film chronicling the earlier years of Dickie Moltisanti and Tony Soprano.
The White Lotus premiered on HBO in July 2021 and follows the exploits and misfortunes surrounding a group of guests and employees at the titular tropical resort in Hawaii. Written and directed by Mike White, the satirical dark comedy features an ensemble cast that includes Connie Britton, Murray Bartlett, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, and Steve Zahn. After receiving critical acclaim and generating strong viewership numbers over the span of its six episodes, HBO decided to renew The White Lotus for a second season. Continuing as an anthology series, the show will track a different group of visitors staying at another one of the White Lotus resorts in a new location.
Deadline reports that Imperioli has now joined the cast of The White Lotus season 2. Imperioli will star as Dominic Di Grasso, a man vacationing with his elderly father and recent college-graduate son. The actor is expected to be a series regular and is currently the first confirmed new cast member for White’s follow-up to season 1.
One of the many areas The White Lotus received praise for was in that of its casting, as well as the performances delivered by the actors involved. Coolidge, who is reportedly returning for season 2, has received Critics’ Choice Television and Golden Globe Award nominations for her supporting role as Tanya McQuoid. White has previously shared his interest in finding ways to include particular characters in recurring roles across future installments. It is yet to be confirmed if any other actors from season 1 will return to star alongside Imperioli.
The casting news of Imperioli should excite fans of The Sopranos, as well as those of The White Lotus, who can perhaps now expect to start finding out more about the upcoming season and its new cast additions. It will be interesting to see who else White gets to star in the show’s second installment, and if any season 1 characters, other than Coolidge’s, make appearances. Having a big name in Imperioli suggests another impressive ensemble cast is on the way, and audiences can look forward to learning more as news surrounding The White Lotus season 2 of continues to roll out.