Prepare to reconnect with old Brits in India, because Fox Searchlight Pictures’ trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has arrived. The sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is nearing a March 6, 2015 release.
Oscar-nominated John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) is returning as a director. The first film grossed $136.8 million worldwide on only a $10 million budget. Although the first movie sky-rocketed at the box office, Madden wants this film to feel fresh. In an interview with USA Today, he expressed, “If somebody simply walked into this film knowing nothing about the first, they would be just fine.”
In addition to feeling connected to this movie in it’s own separate way, he also felt strongly impacted by India. Madden explained, “You just cannot escape the warmth, the lack of assumption, the positivity of the people.” He added, “There’s something transforming about the place.”
In The Best Marigold Hotel, retirees had moved to India and ended up discovering a new home, with new connections. After eight months, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful has become so popularized that it is bursting at the seams. It is clearly time for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
The sequel welcomes returning characters Sonny (Dev Patel), Evelyn (Judi Dench), Muriel (Maggie Smith), Douglas (Bill Nighy), Jean (Penelope Wilton), Norman (Ronald Pickup), and Madge (Celia Imrie).