'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2' Looks to Add Richard Gere

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You may not have seen 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' but your mom certainly did. The low-budget (but star-studded) comedy was the sleeper hit of 2011, a film made for an audience who wasn't interested in the latest comic book movie. Older moviegoers made the film a smash hit, so a sequel is on the way. But how do you entice this older crowd to come back for a round two? Simple, you bring in Richard Gere.

In addition to being a beloved actor, Gere is actually an excellent thespian when put in the right role, and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2' will see him acting alongside the likes of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, all of whom will return as their characters from the first film. The big question now is what the film will actually be about -- you can't have the same group of retirees stumble into another rundown, but charming Indian hotel, can you?

The news of Gere's casting comes via Deadline, who have no additional details about the film itself or even the character he'll be playing. He's yet to sign on officially, but it's hard to imagine him saying no. It's not every day you get to star in a guaranteed hit with a couple of England's best actors.

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