Pack your bags and grab your Windex — My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 will be in theaters very soon. The trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy was released on May 11, and Toula’s family is headed to Greece. The project had been in the works for quite some time, and in 2022, Nia Vardalos took to Instagram to share that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 was officially underway. Specifically, filming took place in the Plaka of Athens, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
Vardalos also used the short clip to teach her fans a Greek word, skinothétis. “What that means is director. And guess who the director is? It’s me!” Yep: after writing and starring in the first two films, Vardalos will also be taking on the role of director this time around, making her a triple threat. The third movie comes over 20 years after My Big Fat Greek Wedding first arrived in theaters in 2002 and became a sleeper hit, following the romance between Toula and Ian (Vardalos and John Corbett, respectively) against the backdrop of Toula’s slightly chaotic — but very loving — family.
Vardalos celebrated the film’s anniversary on Twitter in 2022, and thanked Rita Wilson for her hand in getting it made, despite the script being rejected multiple times before. “You can’t make anyone embrace change, marginalized voices or new ideas,” Vardalos said. “So love yourself. And write your story.”
Ahead, here’s everything to know about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 so far.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Cast
The Portokalos family will be joining Vardalos in Greece — including Corbett (Ian), Elena Kampouris (the couple’s daughter, Paris), Lainie Kazan (Toula’s mom, Maria), and Andrea Martin (Toula’s aunt, Voula). Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, and Melina Kotselou will also be in the third movie.
One big exception? Michael Constantine, who played Gus, Toula’s Windex-loving father in the first two films. Constantine passed away in 2021, and several Greek Wedding cast members gathered to remember their on-screen patriarch. “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 said in a September 2021 Instagram post. “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 Plot
In the same Instagram post, Vardalos made it clear that no, “Toula and Ian are not grandparents” in the upcoming film. In the third installment, Nia and her family return to Greece as part of her father’s last wish, which is to visit the village where he grew up and “reconnect with our roots.” Naturally, this trip turns into a massive family reunion as Toula searches for Gus’ childhood hometown.
If you need a refresher on the My Big Fat Greek Wedding Cinematic Universe — the MBFGWCU, if you will — the 2016 sequel saw Toula’s parents get married (again) after a clerical error revealed they were never technically wed by the church. Meanwhile, Toula and Ian were dealing with their daughter’s growing independence, from going off to college to striking up a romance with Bennett (Alex Wolff), a fellow Greek student.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Release Date & Trailer
The rom-com’s trailer (filled with gorgeous scenery) was released on May 11 and gave fans an update as to when exactly they could go see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 — the movie hits theaters on September 8.
This post will be updated with additional plot details as more information on My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 becomes available.
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