The first season of HBO's coming-of-age drama “My Brilliant Friend,” which is set in the Italian and Neapolitan languages, began in November 2018.
After receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews (the first season currently has a 93 percent Tomatometer and audience score on Rotten Tomatoes), the show's second season was quickly renewed the next month.
This Italian television series, which is set in 1950s Naples, is around Elena “Lenù” Greco (Margherita Mazzucco and Elisa del Genio), who meets and becomes friends with Raffaella “Lila” Cerullo (Gaia Girace and Ludovica Nasti) when they are both in elementary school.
After adolescence, the story follows them into late adulthood when they discover that an older woman named Lila has vanished from their lives.
Based on a novel series by Elena Ferrante, the first season was adapted from the first novel in the series, which was also titled “My Brilliant Friend,” and the second season was adapted from the second novel in the series, which was titled “The Story of a New Name.” The series is currently in its third season.
With the knowledge that there are four books in the series, the show's fans are likely waiting to learn whether or not the show will return for a third season. Listed below is all of the current information about Season 3 of “My Brilliant Friend.”
When Will Season 3 Be Released?
This season has been officially renewed for a third season, which HBO confirmed in April this year (via The Hollywood Reporter). Not so good news is that there is no set release date for the second season, so we have no way of knowing when we will be able to watch the remainder of Elena and Lila's narrative come to completion.
In a statement following the announcement of the renewal, the executive vice president of HBO Programming said, “The fact that viewers and critics alike have continued to embrace Elena and Lila's story makes it all the more satisfying, and we thank the entire team led by Saverio Costanzo for their outstanding work on the second season.” “The fact that viewers and critics alike have continued to embrace Elena and Lila's story makes it all the more satisfying,” he added.
“We can't wait to tell the next chapter of Elena and Lila's lives and friendship,” said the production team.
Unfortunately, the filming of the next chapter was delayed due to COVID-19, as was the case with virtually every other film and television production during that period. However, according to TheCinemaholic, Season 3 production will begin in February 2021, a welcome development. The fact that growth has resumed and is well-advanced means we should hear about a release date shortly.
Who will be in Season 3?
Several different performers have already appeared in the critical parts, which is understandable given that the plot follows the two main protagonists throughout decades of their lives. Elisa del Genio has played the younger version of Elena for much of Season 1 and half of Season 2.
Margherita Mazzucco has played the character of Elena for the majority of the show's run. Additionally, an older actress, Elisabetta De Palo, appeared in a guest role as Elena as a senior, and Ingrid del Genio featured in a guest part as a very young Elena, both of which were guest appearances. A similar situation exists for the other lead, Lila.
She has been played by two notable performers, with Gaia Grace taking on the more powerful, adolescent plot and Ludovica Nasti portraying the younger version of Lila.
With the plot continuing forward in their lives – the third book takes the protagonists farther into maturity — we can expect to see new faces portraying the characters we are already familiar with in the future.
It was previously revealed that Grace would leave the series after three episodes of its third season, with another actor — who has yet to be identified — stepping in to take his place. Grace spoke with TVZap about his experiences “I'm sorry to have to say goodbye to Lila's character… The person who takes my place will love her at least as much as I do, hopefully, more.”
Furthermore, while it has not yet been confirmed, another performer will likely take over for Mazzucco in the role of Elena.
What Will Season 3 Be About?
Elena was engaged after Season 2 and was also the author of a debut novel that had just been published. The released book, titled “The Digression,” covers the growth of her friendship with Lila — practically all of the events that have taken place thus far in front of the television audience.
Elena gives a book talk in the last minutes of the series finale, where she is reunited with Nino (Francesco Serpico), an old friend and childhood crush — and an ex-lover of Lila's — whom she hasn't seen in several years.
The series concludes with an image of a beaming Elena, who appears to be overjoyed to see Nino.
According to early indications, the third season would provide further background for Elena and Nino's reunion while covering the events of Elena Ferrante's third novel.
The next book in the series, “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,” has Lila estranged from her husband and working in a sausage factory, where she is subjected to constant sexual harassment and assault.
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At the same time as she's working, Lila is also studying computer science with Enzo Scanno (Giovanni Buselli and Vincenzo Vaccaro), another familiar face from their childhood for whom she is developing feelings.
Meanwhile, Elena becomes pregnant almost immediately after her marriage, despite her desire to wait until she has finished writing her second novel. Throughout the book, she grapples with the difficult task of juggling parenthood with her literary career. When Elena runs into Nino again after the book discussion, she is forced to confront her feelings for him for the first time.
It's safe to say that the third season of Elena and Lila will be just as good as the first two, thanks to a book packed with riveting drama from Elena and Lila's lives.