The Second Best Exotic MH

Following the first trailer for the followup to the surprise 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that debuted back in August, Fox Searchlight has released a new international trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (the intelligent way to name sequels–“The Fourth Best Iron Man“).

All joking aside, if this second is able to recapture the charm and maintains the excellent performances delivered by its key players then I imagine I’ll enjoy it just as well. Cool that Fox Searchlight is finally making a sequel to one of it’s film.

The film stars Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn and Penelope Wilton, opening in theaters on March 6, 2015. John Madden is once more directing from a script by Ol Parker, who penned the original hit. Watch it below.

I can’t wait, although I’m disappointed the lovely Tom Wilkinson‘s character won’t be in it as he died of a heart attack in the first film. I just hope that Gere fits in and his character doesn’t spoil the “Englishness” of it all, which is what made the first film so special.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (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 (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 (Gere) and Lavinia (Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Dench and Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Pickup and Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (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 (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.