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Nia Vardalos has confirmed My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has begun production in Greece, so start smashing some plates in celebration.
The Canadian actor, who plays Toula Portokalos, revealed the third instalment on her Instagram, sharing with her followers: “I have an announcement.
"We are in Greece filming My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 and thank you so much for the lovely messages of just waiting.
“I’m in a little room getting ready to go down and film.”
The Connie and Carla actor shared that shooting had begun in Plaka Athens, and she would be directing the feature.
Many fans were elated over the news, with one person writing: “You are so amazing and deserve all great things. Opa!!!”
Another said: “You look gorgeous. And I’m so happy for you!!!!! Go, one-person self-contained hero!!!!! Xoxo.”
A third person commented: “Yesss! I’m Greek and ready to sit along with the Yiayias (grandmas) if you need me!!”
While another person wrote: “Wooot woooot!!!!!! Yes Ni!!!”
Deadline reports that Vardalos announced news of a third film in April last year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, production has had its fair share of delays.
The third film would be dedicated to Michael Constantine, known for playing Kostas ‘Gus’ Portokalos, who passed away in August last year.
No word yet on who will be getting married in the upcoming flick, but no doubt it’ll involve some Greek dancing, quality food and aunts trying to set up their single sons.
The first film was released in 2002 and followed Toula, a single woman in her 30s who comes from a middle-class Greek family.
She started dating a white Angelo Saxon man, played by John Corbett, much to her family’s disappointment.
With a budget of $5 million (AUD $7,221,250 or £4,076,750), My Big Fat Greek Wedding generated over $368 million (AUD $508,853,840 or £292,250,880) at the box office, officially making it the highest-earning romantic comedy movie at the time.
movie.’ I handed her my screenplay, this creator & producer got the film made with me as the lead. We premiered in 106 theaters, expanded to more, ran for over a year. People full of love loved it, and again some were snide, hateful. I was— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) April 19, 2022
A sequel was released in 2016, which grossed $90.6 million worldwide (AUD $125,277,603 or £71,950,896).
In April, during the film’s 20th anniversary, Vardalos, who wrote the story, revealed that her screenplay was rejected multiple times before Tom Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, decided to fund the project, telling the actor ‘this should be a movie.’
I bet those agents are kicking themselves now.
Featured Image Credit: IFC Films/Hollywood Pictures/Alamy.Universal Pictures/Entertainment Pictures/Alamy.
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