In 2002, My Big, Fat Greek Wedding, written by Nia Vardalos, who also starred in the leading role as Toula Portokalos, came out of nowhere to become the highest-grossing romantic comedy in American film history – and the highest-grossing film of all time never to rise all the way to #1 at the U.S. box office. Despite never being at the very top, it maintained a huge following among Americans as a whole, beside, of course, being discussed endlessly to this day in Greek-American households, its many funny lines uttered over and over again.
“What about the sequel?” fans would ask Vardalos, she told USA Today. They waited, and waited, and waited. And now, the wait is over.
Next March 25 – appropriately, Greek Independence Day – My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding 2 will be released in theaters.
The film stars Vardalos and John Corbett, who plays her on-screen non-Greek husband Ian Miller, and reprising their roles as Toula’s parents, Gus and Maria, are Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan.
Andrea Marin also reprises her role as Aunt Voula, and Hollywood heavyweight couple Tom Hanks and his Greek-American wife, Rita Wilson, are once again producers.
Though Vardalos doesn’t reveal much about the plot, she did tell USA today that the sequel deals with “angst and anger” from their daughter, now a teenager, and their own “relationship lull” stemming from their focus on their child and not enough on one another.
New to the film is another well-known Greek-American actor, John Stamos.