The cast has reunited for the film including stars Judi Dench (Evelyn), Maggie Smith (Muriel), Bill Nighy (Douglas), Dev Patel (Sonny), Celia Imrie (Madge), Ronald Pickup (Norman), Penelope Wilton (Jean), Diana Hardcastle (Carol), Tena Desae (Sunaina) and Lillete Dubey (Mrs. Kapoor). Additional cast making their debut include Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig. Blueprint Pictures' Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin will produce the film, with Participant's Jeff Skoll serving as executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and will co-finance the film in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
Here's what Fox Searchlight's Claudia Lewis had to say in a statement.
Jonathan King added his own statement.
Producer Graham Broadbent had this to say in his statement.
Director John Madden had this to say about his follow-up.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was released in Spring 2012 to record-breaking business in the UK and US, earning more than $135 million worldwide, along with a host of critical acclaim and accolades including Best Picture nominations from The Hollywood Foreign Press, BAFTA, and The Screen Actors Guild (Ensemble Award). The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 marks the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tena Desae). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 will be overseen by Senior Vice President of Production Zola Mashariki and Creative Executive Taylor Friedman for Fox Searchlight and Executive Vice President of Production Jonathan King for Participant Media.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, David Strathairn, Tamsin Greig, Celia Imrie. The film is directed by John Madden.