It’s been over 30 years since Sister Mary Clarence got in the habit. And out of it, and back in, and now…she’s back in the habit again? According to Whoopi Goldberg, producers are putting together the third installment of the Sister Act franchise, and she’s already pulling major strings on casting.
Goldberg’s Sister Act 2 costar Sheryl Lee Ralph joined The View on Wednesday to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Joy Behar wasted no time jumping in with the real facts. “How can it be 30 years when she’s only 30 years old,” she said, referring to the ageless Abbott Elementary star.
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After Goldberg and Ralph reminisced on their decades-long friendship, they brought the conversation back to sassy nuns. First, Goldberg floated the idea of an even bigger reunion special involving more of the cast. “We’re going to try to get as many cast members on to share memories from the movie,” Goldberg said. “Would you do us the honor of coming back? And as soon as we know when it is, we’ll do that.”
Ralph didn’t hesitate to agree. So Goldberg pushed her luck. “You know, we’re in the process of putting together 3,” she said. “Will you come be part of it, whatever it is?” Ralph, moved to tears, emphatically agreed.
While Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit was a critical and commercial failure at the time of its release, the film has become a cult classic, emblematic of early 90s comedies. And the franchise has always had a loyal gay following for its campy hijinks, from nun drag to religious irreverence to, well, Kathy Najimy.
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Disney originally announced that a Sister Act 3 was in the works, with Tyler Perry producing, back in 2020. But so far, most updates—or vague teases—have come from Goldberg herself. She has claimed to have already read the script and has floated various dream costars (Keke Palmer, Lizzo and Nicki Minaj).
Last fall, Goldberg took a trip to the Vatican to meet the Pope, and she threw further fuel on speculation over the sequel.
“Picture ‘Sister Act’ and all the nuns standing here, waiting for the Pope to come out,” she said while standing in front of St Peter’s Square. “Maybe that’s going to happen in the new movie. You don’t know. You never know, but we are in Rome, and I am in Vatican City. What could I be doing? Why could I be here? We’ll find out.”
The nuns take a trip to Rome and crash the Pope’s chambers? That sounds like a sequel worth the 30-year wait.
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