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Richard Gere to star in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2

Richard Gere at the Premiere of Arbitrage premiere last February Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Richard Gere has joined the cast for the follow-up to the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

He and Episodes actress Tamsin Greig join returning stars including Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie.

Filming for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is already underway in India.

The original film, released in 2012, was a surprise hit earning more than £82 million at the box office worldwide.