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Opa! The hilarious trailer for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" premiered Wednesday on TODAY, and there's a lot to discuss.
The original "Greek Wedding" — whose $241 million take at the domestic box office shocked showbiz insiders in 2002 and made Nia Vardalos a star — follows the Portokalos family as they prepare and hold a ceremony for Toula (Vardalos) and her not-so-Greek fiancé, Ian (John Corbett). The sequel, slated for a March 2016 release, showcases Toula's college-aged daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris); rekindles the spark between Toula and Ian; teases another spirited Portokalos wedding; and chronicles all kinds of intergenerational awkwardness along the way.
Among the trailer's many highlights is when Paris is asked why she isn't part of her school's Greek Club, and she replies, "Every day of my life is Greek Club."
On Monday, Vardalos teased the news on Instagram about the sequel's exclusive trailer release on TODAY, which, like the film's distributor, is part of NBCUniversal.
Back in August, Vardalos told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie that the sequel had been nicknamed "the Greekquel," teasing, "And if we do a third one, we'll call it the Threekquel."
When Guthrie asked Vardalos why a sequel took so long, Vardalos cited the first movie's ending. "The reason I didn't want to do the sequel is because at the end of the first one, I had written that we were parents," the actress said. "And in reality, I was not a parent. Even though I make stuff up, I couldn't write from a place of emotions that I didn't know." That changed "so instantly, so suddenly" in 2008, when she and her real-life husband, fellow actor Ian Gomez, adopted a girl.
Corbett told Guthrie in August that he didn't need much convincing to return for the sequel.
"The truth is, I didn't think it was over," he said at the time. "After a decade of hearing, 'Hmm, I don't know, I don't have any ideas really,' I just sort of gave up. And so it was really a huge surprise when … she called and said, 'I got an idea. What do you think? Do you want to do it?' And nobody on this team was happier than me."
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