While we were taken aback when news hit that a sequel to this year’s seemingly one-and-done drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was brewing, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Fox Searchlight’s film brought in over $130 million on less than a $10 million budget and with original writer Ol Parker currently returning for a sequel treatment, we now have news on a few additions.
According to insider Roger Friedman, the cast is about to get the royal treatment as Oscar winners Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) are “likely” to join the ensemble. With director John Madden returning, one can expect the original players of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and even Dev Patel to come back as well.
Another American actress is still needed, but we know the plot will continue adventures in India instead of heading elsewhere, and with these two top-class additions, this is franchise is easily turning into a geriatric take on The Avengers, in terms of star power. Aside from Patel, Firth will also mark the youngest member of the ensemble, with everyone else in their 60′s or beyond, and while the demographic is clearly aimed at that category, it’s hard to pass up the pairing of Dench and Mirren.
Are you looking forward to seeing this ensemble at play?
One of the most highly anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festivals was unveiled this morning to a divisive response, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. As we said in our review, “set amidst an underground Muay Thai boxing club and glowing with hellish red lights from countless brothels, the mood and style is more [...]
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
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