Cameron Diaz ‘signs up for The Holiday sequel with the original cast reviving roles’ – after ‘retired’ star announced surprise return to acting
The Holiday has been a festive favorite since its release in 2006.
Now 16 years on it’s been reported that the film is set for a sequel, with stars Cameron Diaz, 50, Jude Law, 49, Kate Winslet, 47, and Jack Black, 53, all on board.
The original movie, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, told the tale of Surrey-based journalist Iris (Kate) who swaps homes with Amanda (Cameron), a movie producer from Hollywood, following respective heartbreaks.
Great news! Cameron Diaz has ‘signed up for The Holiday sequel with the original cast reviving roles’ after the ‘retired’ star announced her surprise return to acting (pictured with Jude Law)
While in Surrey, Amanda finds romance with Iris’s book editor brother, widower Graham (Jude Law), while Iris meets Miles (played by Jack Black) and dates him.
The heartwarming romcom’s sequel will track the lovebirds and see how they’re all getting on 16 years after finding love.
A source told The Sun: ‘The plan is to start filming next year. The main talent are all signed up.’
She’s back! News of the sequel came after Cameron did a U-turn on her decision to retire when Jamie Foxx convinced her to star alongside him in the action-comedy Back In Action
They added: ‘It’s one of the most successful movies of its kind and still enjoyed every year by millions of fans around the world – it makes perfect sense to revisit those characters and find out what became of their lives after they hooked up.
‘It’ll be funny, poignant, and heartwarming – just what everyone wants for Christmas.’
When it was originally released, The Holiday was greeted with mixed reviews with some critics calling it predictable. However, it went on to earn more than £160million at the box office.
Iconic: The original movie told the tale of Surrey-based journalist Iris who swaps homes with Amanda, a movie producer from Hollywood, following respective heartbreaks (Kate Winslet and Jack Black pictured)
One star who won’t be in the sequel is Eli Wallach, who died of natural causes in 2014 at the age of 98.
Eli stole the show in the movie playing Arthur Abbott, an elderly screenwriter who had lived and worked through Hollywood’s Golden Age and befriend Kate’s character Iris.
The Hollywood legend was 90 when The Holiday came out and continued to work right up to 2010.
Festive favourite: The Holiday was greeted with mixed reviews with some critics calling it predictable. However, it went on to earn more than £160million at the box office
News of the sequel comes after Cameron did a U-turn on her decision to retire from acting.
Jamie Foxx convinced the actress to return to the silver screen and star alongside him in the action-comedy Back In Action, which began shooting at the end of September.
The 54-year-old actor notably brought in Tom Brady in an effort to coax the formerly retired actress back from her long-term break.
Back In Action’s prospective release date has not been announced as of yet.
Cameron’s last film was the 2014 remake of Annie, revealing she retired because she wanted to step back and ‘take a look at what the whole picture looks like for me.’
Sad news: One star who won’t be in the sequel is Eli Wallach, who died of natural causes in 2014 at the age of 98 (pictured on set with The Holiday writer and director Nancy Meyers)