The ladies of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are in for a treat: Richard Gere is in talks about appearing in the sequel.
As the Radio Times exclusively revealed earlier this week, stars including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton will definitely be checking into the hotel for a reprise of the feelgood British movie drama, which will begin filming in January.
But the surprise is that Gere, star of hit films An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman, could also come on board. He is believed to be poised to sign as a new character, according to Deadline.
If he does appear he will be attracted to a movie which received a critical pasting but reaped an impressive $136m worldwide on a $10m budget.
Wilton, who played pessimist Jean in the film, confirmed that the cast will be flying to India to shoot a sequel to the hit 2011 movie, directed by John Madden, about a group of pensioners who move to a retirement hotel in the Indian countryside.
"We had a wonderful time shooting this film the first time," said Wilton. "And I am thrilled we will be going back in January to do another one. As far as I know everybody will be returning."
Details of the new project are being kept under wraps but it is understood that the same production team will be on board, with the sequel once again written by Ol Parker.
The first film was based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach.
Other cast members Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie will be returning, RadioTimes.com understands, with the hotel having been taken over by Maggie Smith's character Muriel at the end of the first film.
Actor Tom Wilkinson is the only definite non-returnee: in the first film his character Graham dies of a heart attack.