It’s easily one of the most beloved rom-coms of all time and now the lead actress from the ‘90s Richard Curtis classic Four Weddings and a Funeral, Andie MacDowell, has confirmed that she will return to screens in the film’s hotly anticipated follow-up TV show. The original film was released 24 years ago, starring MacDowell alongside Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas.
However, according to reports, MacDowell won’t be playing her original role of all-American beauty, Carrie. Instead she will be guest starring as a new character alongside Game Of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays the lead role and replaces original choice Jessica Williams.
The new series is the brainchild of star and writer of The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling, who is going to write and produce the series. Original director Richard Curtis will serve as an executive producer.
Much like the film, the plot will follow a group of friends who attend (yes, you guessed it…) four weddings and a funeral. The characters have been named as Maya (Nathalie), Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith), Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and Duffy (John Reynolds), while Andie MacDowell is set to appear sporadically throughout the series as Ainsley’s mother, Mrs. Howard.
Inspired by the original themes, issues such as romance, unrequited love and grief will once again be explored but for the 2018 generation. When the original film was released in 1994, it proved an unprecedented success due to its humour and commentary on life’s ups and downs among a tight-knit group. It was actually made in only six weeks and cost under £3 million to produce, but went on to become the highest-grossing British film in history at the time, grossing $245.7 million at the box office, receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
Curtis recently revealed that one of his favourite ever film lines comes from the original Four Weddings movie, as uttered by Kristin Scott Thomas. Scott Thomas’ character, Fiona, tells Hugh Grant’s character, Charles, that she’s always been in love with someone, despite never making an advance and knowing fully that he thinks of her as a friend only.
When he asks her who the object of her unrequited affections is, she responds “It’s you, Charlie” – a quote Curtis rates as his favourite from all the films he’s directed.
Curtis presented Scott Thomas with the British Icon accolade at the 2018 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, and made an effusive speech about his former colleague.
“She came to audition for Four Weddings and it was an unbelievable relief because you could tell just by the way she spoke, before she even did the audition, that she was perfect for the role,” he said, before joking: “And it was a film full of people who couldn’t really act, but she was just extraordinary.”