Nia Vardalos announces My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has started filming in Greece


Nia Vardalos announces My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has started filming in Greece: ‘And guess who the director is? It’s me!’

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is now filming in Greece.

Nia Vardalos, who wrote and starred in the first two films, announced filming had begun in video posted to her Instagram on Tuesday.

Vardalos, 59, also gleefully revealed she would be directing this latest installment.

Back for more! Nia Vardalos announced production has begun on My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 in Greece

Back for more! Nia Vardalos announced production has begun on My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 in Greece 

‘So, I have an announcement. We are in Greece filming My Big Fat Wedding 3 and thank you so much for the lovely messages of just waiting and everything,’ she said.

‘They’re filming in the beautiful Plaka of Athens,’ she added.

Vardalos then announced her new role by teaching viewers the Greek word for director.

‘What that means is director. And guess who the director is? It’s me!’ she squealed.

Stunning: 'They're filming in the beautiful Plaka of Athens,' Nia revealed

Stunning: ‘They’re filming in the beautiful Plaka of Athens,’ Nia revealed

'It's me!' Vardalos also gleefully announced she would be directing this next installment

‘It’s me!’ Vardalos also gleefully announced she would be directing this next installment 

She captioned the video, ‘Thank you to Playtone, Gold Circle, HBO and Focus! And much love and gratitude to you all for your support as we waited to film. Greece baby. Greece!’

My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released in 2002.

The comedy about Toula and Ian’s wedding and the convergence of their crazy families, earned $241.4 million domestic and $368.7 million worldwide, from just a $5 million budget.

Classic film: My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released in 2002

Classic film: My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released in 2002

Loss: The cast suffered a loss last year following the death of actor Michael Constantine, who played patriarch Gus Portokalos

Loss: The cast suffered a loss last year following the death of actor Michael Constantine, who played patriarch Gus Portokalos

The cast returned in 2016 for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which wasn’t quite as successful, earning $59.6 million domestic and $90.6 million worldwide.

Vardalos confirmed last year a third film was in the works but production was on hold due to their inability to get insurance.

The cast also suffered a loss last year with the death of actor Michael Constantine, who played patriarch Gus Portokalos.

Vardalos revealed Constantine asked them to make the third film without him, and she wrote the script with his wishes in mind.

‘He had told me he wouldn’t be able to join us for the third film and his wish was that we go on. I wrote the screenplay to reflect Michael’s decision and will always treasure his last messages to me, hoping we were filming soon,’ she posted to Instagram.

The plot for this latest installment remains under wraps but Varadalos assured fans Ian and Toula ‘are not grandparents!’ in this sequel.  

'He had told me he wouldn't be able to join us': Vardalos revealed Constantine asked them to make the third film without him, and she wrote the script with his wishes in mind

‘He had told me he wouldn’t be able to join us’: Vardalos revealed Constantine asked them to make the third film without him, and she wrote the script with his wishes in mind

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