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Sister Act 3 - What We Know So Far

If you were around in the '90s, there's not a chance you didn't see some kind of Whoopi Goldberg project. You might know her now as one of the hosts of The View, but 30 years ago Goldberg was starring in major hit movies like The Color Purple, Ghost, and The Lion King, to name a few. When she wasn't winning an Oscar, she was hosting the show. Now, with a little help from the unstoppable Tyler Perry, Goldberg will be reprising one of her most famous film roles for Sister Act 3.

Though Sister Act is just one in a string of hit movies in which Goldberg starred, it's likely her most notable. Released in 1992, the movie centered around Deloris Wilson (Whoopi Goldberg), a Nevada lounge singer who, after seeing her mob-connected boyfriend Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel) kill an informant, enters witness protection. Deloris hides out as a nun in a convent, and soon helps to revive their struggling choir.

The movie was a box office smash, grossing over $230 million worldwide (via Box Office Mojo). The film was so successful it spawned a sequel one year later, but Sister Act 2 received less-than-stellar box office numbers and was met with massive disapproval from critics (via Rotten Tomatoes).

Now, three decades later, after the release of a successful Broadway musical based on the movies, Disney+ is bringing the franchise back to life. In a tweet this past December, Disney confirmed that Sister Act 3 was "in development" and that not only would Goldberg co-produce with Perry, but she would return to star in the film as well.

When will Sister Act 3 be released?

Now that we know there will be a third Sister Act movie to officially make the franchise a trilogy, the first question on many fans' minds is likely: When can we see it?

Since the film officially entered development back in mid-December 2020, details of the release date are still mostly unknown. Considering that the project was just announced and that filming will not begin until later in 2021, it's fair to expect the film won't premiere until 2022 at the earliest.

While the release date remains unclear, it's probably a good sign Perry is producing, as his film studio in Georgia was one of the first to resume production last summer after COVID-19 halted many studios from filming, according to CBS News.

Though it will be hard to wait for Whoopi to get back into the habit, fans will have to follow the nuns and keep patience as a virtue.

Who's in the cast for Sister Act 3?

What helped make the original Sister Act such a hit was — in addition to its lively musical numbers and Goldberg's stellar comedic skills — its talented supporting cast.

Variety wrote that Kathy Najimy who starred as the jolly Sister Mary Patrick and Mary Wickes who played the sarcastic Sister Mary Lazarus gave Sister Act's comedic moments a "major boost," while Maggie Smith's "solid performance" as Mother Superior provided the film with a "requisite warmth." Who could forget Najimy's classic dance scene to Dee Dee Sharp's "Gravy?"

Wickes sadly passed away in 1995. But Najimy, who is also starring in the upcoming Hocus Pocus sequel, told SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show earlier this month that she would be game for joining the sequel because filming the two previous movies was fun and, unlike Hocus Pocus, there's less time in the make-up chair. "You know why I like that? No hair, no make-up, no spanks," she said. "It's a win-win for me."

And as for Smith, the Downton Abbey star has yet to confirm if she will be returning for the third installment. Though, in a 2017 Sister Act reunion on the View, the legendary actress said she had "such fond memories of when we did those crazy, crazy, crazy films."

But Goldberg is no slouch. She told James Corden in October on The Late Late Show that she and the team were "working diligently to try to figure out how to get the gang together and to come back."

She also went on to tell Corden, "bad singing, great singing, OK singing, and then nuns. What's better than that?"  

What's the plot for Sister Act 3?

Plot details remain unclear for the upcoming sequel. We know that Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit ended with Deloris saving St. Francis Academy from closure after winning a choir competition, but details about where the third installment will pick up from there are anybody's guess. 

We do know that Mixed-ish and Star writer-producer Karin Gist as well as Insecure writer-producer Regina Hicks will be penning the third film (via Variety). 

And though a plot remains uncertain, we do have some potential titles for the film. In a December interview on The Late Show, Goldberg and Stephen Colbert suggested titles including Oh My God It Still Fits, Backer in the Habit, and Blacker in the Habit.

Whatever the title, seeing Goldberg and the nuns get back into their habits for a third film would make any fan happy, no matter what they call it.