EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Season 3 of FX/Hulu’s The Bear will commence production in late February-early March.
We caught up with current Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Jeremy Allen White aka young chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto on The Bear. White stars in the new A24 movie The Iron Claw as wrestler Kerry Von Erich aka “The Texas Tornado.” The movie about the tragedy-stricken wrestling Von Erich family opens on December 22. At a time when the middle of the country needs more movies, here’s a sports drama that plays straight to the heartland.
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When we last saw Carmy on The Bear, he was locked in a walk-in fridge during the restaurant’s Friends and Family Night, an interlude which White tells us he “hopes” the character escapes from in Season 3. FX/Hulu recently announced a Season 3 of the 13-time Emmy-nominated series.
While White still has yet to see scripts, he’s hoping for a Season 3 chock-full of guest stars, one that rivals Season 2 Episode 6’s “Fishes,” which saw a ton of noted TV and movie stars playing Carmy’s family members, i.e. Jon Bernthal as Mikey, Carmy’s dead brother; Bob Odenkirk as Uncle Lee; Sarah Paulson as Cousin Michelle; John Mulaney as Cousin Michelle’s partner, Stevie; Gillian Jacobs as Richie’s then-wife Tiffany; Jamie Lee Curtis as Donna Berzatto, Mikey and Carmy’s alcoholic mother; Abby Elliott as Carmy’s sister, Natalie Berzatto; Oliver Platt as Uncle Jimmy; and Matty Matheson as Neil.
The New York City native would love to see a Season 3 episode where “we can get as many [guest stars] to come back for one day,” a la “Fishes.” White tells us he would love to see Olivia Colman’s Chef Terry come back. She last was seen in Season 2’s “Forks” as the proprietor of one of the finest restaurants in the world, where Richie (Ebon Moss-Bacharach), temporarily works. White said he’d also love to see Curtis return as Momma Donna. White’s dream guest stars include Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and Emmy winner John Turturro.
White stars in The Iron Claw with Zac Efron, Harris Dickinson and Stanley Simons as the true-life fraternal family of wrestlers who were pressured by their domineering father and wrestling legend Fritz (Holt McCallany) to succeed at all costs during the 1980s. White’s Kerry was a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and four-time WCWA World Heavyweight Champion. Director Sean Durkin, who also wrote the movie, grew up in the UK as a die-hard U.S. wrestling fan; the Von Erichs’ fate an eerie resemblance of those in his own family.
The Bear was created by Christopher Storer and also stars Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce and Liza Colón-Zayas. Matheson was upped for Season 2, while Edwin Lee Gibson, Corey Hendrix, Platt, Bernthal, José Cervantes, Richard Esteras, Carmen Christopher, Chris Witaske, Joel McHale, Curtis, Gillian Jacobs, Robert Townsend, Molly Gordon, Alex Moffat, Ricky Staffieri, Mitra Jouhari and Maura Kidwell recur.
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