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[First Look] John Madden’s ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

Written by on August 29, 2011 

After directing Shakespeare in Love, arguably one of the more contentious Best Picture winners in Oscar history, John Madden hasn’t been able to make another film that replicates the success of his 1998 love story. Next Wednesday will see the release of The Debt, an actioner whose marketing might be appealing enough to help him gain some more attention. If, for some reason, audiences don’t go for this, he has yet another movie coming out, and that is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Something that should help it out at the box office is its strong, eclectic main cast, which is comprised of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, and Maggie Smith; I’d say that’s a good lineup, personally. The plot follows “a group of seniors who travel to an Indian hotel run by a […] young manager.” Pictures from the movie have shown up at USA Today (via Fox Searchlight), giving us a glimpse at a few of the actors, in addition to some scenery.

There isn’t too much that can be taken from these photos, besides the title being referenced in one of them. Even then, getting a glimpse at Wilkinson and Nighy — two actors who I have a great amount of respect for — together is hard to make any complaints about. Also, some of that aforementioned scenery looks lovely, and I would like to see more of that; hopefully a trailer will show up soon.

Take a look for yourself:

The Exotic Marigold Hotel will open on March 9th, 2012.

What do you think of these photos? Are you interested in seeing the film?

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