It’s time to revisit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in this follow-up to Fox Searchlight’s 2012 sleeper hit, which will be the studio’s first-ever sequel. Maggie Smith, Judi Dench (Skyfall), and Dev Patel (next year’s Chappie) are among the returnees to India’s resort for the “elderly and beautiful”, and they are joined by a number of new faces.
The sequel finds innkeeper Sonny (Patel) and his co-manager Muriel (Smith) looking to expand the Marigold into a chain, a feat complicated by Sonny’s upcoming wedding to his life-long love, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Dench and Bill Nighy reprise their roles as Evelyn and Douglas, now at a crossroads as to where their relationship is headed.
John Madden returns to direct, reuniting with screenwriter Ol Parker. The film is scheduled for a February 26, 2015 release in the UK, followed by a March 6, 2015 U.S. debut.