Whoopi Goldberg Is Returning For Sister Act 3
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Goldberg will also produce the film alongside Tyler Perry. The sequel, which was announced at Disney's Investor Day 2020, is still in early development and a projected release date has yet to be announced.
In the last few years, Goldberg has openly spoken about the potential for a third movie, most recently during an interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden in October 2020. After Corden asked her why "Sister Act 3 hasn't happened", the actress and presenter revealed that for many years people in the industry said audiences would not want to see it. However, this attitude changed "quite recently".
"For a long time, they kept saying no one wanted to see it. And then quite recently, it turns out, that that may not be true," Goldberg said. "People may want to see it."
She added: "We're working diligently to work out how to get the gang together and come back. It's a really fun movie, it's fun and it feels good and nobody's mad!"
The first Sister Act film, released in 1992, told the unlikely story of Delores Van Cartier, a Las Vegas singer who has to go on the run from her mob boyfriend and ends up in hiding in a struggling convent in a run-down area of San Francisco.
Delores becomes Sister Mary Clarence, and whilst at the convent she befriends Sister Mary Lazarus (Mary Wickes), Sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy) and Sister Mary Robert (Wendy Makkena) as she helps to improve and modernise their church's choir, attracting members of community to the church but much to the chagrin of Reverend Mother (Dame Maggie Smith) due to her non-traditional tactics.
Sister Act 2 (1993) featured many of the same characters from the first film, including Dame Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena and Mary Wickes. The convent nuns recruit the help of Delores, who returns to her normal life at the end of the first film, to work with them as teachers at the St. Francis Academy in San Francisco, which Deloris attended as a child.
The school faces closure at the hands of its administrator, unless its reputation can be improved. Through the power of music, Delores manages to save the children at the school. The film featured a young Lauryn Hill.
In 2006, the Sister Act musical premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006, before making its grand debut at the London Palladium in 2009, with subsequent productions taking place on Broadway and in many countries around the world.
There is currently no news regarding which stars from the original film will return, however Disney's Investor Day 2020 was certainly an exciting one for Kathy Najimy - her other popular franchise, Hocus Pocus will also have a sequel on Disney+.
It remains to be seen who will return for Sister Act 3. Stay tuned...