The Circle season 3: Release date, trailer and everything we know so far

The Circle season 3
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Look what's entered The Circle season 3 chat — the trailer! Netflix is releasing a new installment of the social media-based reality TV show. And judging by the preview, we can expect more twists to the game. 

The Circle has been a huge hit for Netflix, so much so that the streamer launched  international editions in Brazil and France. And Netflix has already ordered The Circle seasons 4 and 5! (If you want to be on The Circle, check out the new site.)

The concept mashes up Big Brother and Catfish, with contestants living separately in the same building and only able to communicate by messaging each other through The Circle app. Some contestants choose to take on different identities in the hope of winning over the other players. The most recent edition featured several catfish in the finale, including the winner DeLeesa St. Agathe.

Every round, the contestants rank each other, with the top vote-getters earning influencer status and the ability to block other players from the game.

Along the way, the contestants engage in icebreakers and encounter twists that give advantages (or disadvantages). Season 2 introduced the role of the "joker," which allowed Courtney to anonymously chat with new players. And a new twist gave blocked contestants Jack and Lisa a second chance by letting them team up under a new profile. 

New twists include something called a "burner profile" and a team of two players, sisters Chanel and Ava.

Here's everything we know about The Circle season 3.

The Circle season 3 release date

Netflix has set The Circle season 3 release date for September 8. New episodes will drop on Wednesdays.

The Circle was so popular when it debuted in 2020 that Netflix immediately ordered two more seasons and filmed them back to back. 

The Circle season 3 trailer

The Circle season 3 trailer is here — send message! It provides a first look at this edition's contestants, including the first-ever duo to start the game. Plus, there are hints at some of the big twists fans can expect.

The Circle season 3 cast

There are eight players in The Circle — though in season 3, one of those players is actually represented by two people. 

The Circle season 3 contestants are:

  • Calvin Kiing Crooks
  • Chanel & Ava Marie Capra
  • Daniel Cusimano
  • Kai Ghost
  • Matt Pappadia
  • Michelle Rider
  • Nick Uhlenhuth
  • Ruksana Carroll

How to apply to be on The Circle

While The Circle season 3  has already filmed, Netflix is making The Circle seasons
4 and 5. 

The streamer has set up a brand-new casting site for its various reality series:

On The Circle casting page, Netflix says, "Be the real you (or don't) - but either way, you'll need to influence your way to the top! You’ll need a strategy, some skill, and a bit of luck ... Tell us why you're a perfect addition to the #CircleFam!"

Applicants must be 18 years or older and a resident of the US, Canada, UK, or Ireland.

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.