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The Portokalos family is headed back to Greece! A third My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie is on the way, and this time it will follow Toula (Nia Vardalos) as she brings her entire family back to her late father Gus’s (Michael Constantine) childhood village to reconnect with their roots.
The first «My Big Fat Greek Wedding» movie premiered in 2002, and focuses on 30-year-old Toula as she prepares to marry the very non-Greek Ian (John Corbett) in a lavish Grecian ceremony. The 2016 sequel follows Toula and Ian as they navigate family life with their defiant daughter (Elena Kampouris). Vardalos penned each of the films in addition to starring in them, but «My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3» marks the first time she’s also serving as the director.
Apparently «My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3» was actually ready to go a few years ago, but was delayed by the pandemic. «I had written the script, and we were ready to go in 2020. This is an old story. Everyone was ready to go in 2020,» Vardalos told People. «But we went at the right time. We began filming in the summer. It was incredible. It was an incredible experience. It was hot and beautiful and the sun was shining. It was just great.» Vardalos also told the outlet that Toula and Ian are «stronger than ever» in the upcoming sequel.
She even teased a particularly romantic moment in an interview with MovieWeb. «We actually have a scene where we’re dancing on a dock in the most beautiful cobalt light that our incredible cinematographer, Barry Peterson, waited for and waited for and waited for. John and I are standing on a pier dancing together, and we were both in tears,» she said. «It was incredible.»
Ahead, check out what we know about «My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.»
«My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3» Plot
«My Big Fat Wedding 3» follows Toula as she honors her father’s last wish and takes the whole family to the village where he grows up in Greece. As she tries to track down her father’s childhood best friends, she winds up learning a lot more about her roots and her family along the way.
«My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3» Cast
Vardalos, Corbett, Kampouris, Andrea Martin, Louis Mandy, and Maria Vacratsis are all returning. «Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin» star Elias Kacavas also appears as a new character. Sadly, Constantine passed away in 2021, but Vardalos shared that before his death, he told her that he wanted the third movie to move forward without him.
«He had told me he wouldn’t be able to join us for the third film and his wish was that we go on,» Vardalos told Entertainment Weekly in 2022. «I wrote the screenplay to reflect Michael’s decision and will always treasure his last messages to me, hoping we were filming soon.»
«My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3» Trailer
«My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3» Release Date
«My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3» hits theaters on Sept. 8.