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Nia Vardalos announces My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has started filming in Greece

Nia Vardalos announces that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has started filming in Greece: ‘And guess who the director is? It’s me!’

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is now being filmed in Greece.

Nia Vardalos, who wrote and starred in the first two films, announced that filming had begun in a video posted to her Instagram on Tuesday.

Vardalos, 59, also gleefully revealed that she would be directing this latest episode.

Back for more!  Nia Vardalos has announced that production has started on My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 in Greece

Back for more! Nia Vardalos has announced that production has started on My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 in Greece

“So I have an announcement. We are in Greece filming My Big Fat Wedding 3 and thank you so much for the sweet messages of just waiting and all,” she said.

“They are filming in the beautiful Plaka of Athens,” she added.

Vardalos then announced her new role by teaching viewers the Greek word for director.

‘What that means is director. And guess who the director is? It’s me!’ she screamed.

Stunning: 'They are filming in the beautiful Plaka of Athens,' revealed Nia

Stunning: ‘They are filming in the beautiful Plaka of Athens,’ revealed Nia

'It's me!'  Vardalos also gleefully announced that she would be directing this next episode

‘It’s me!’ Vardalos also gleefully announced that she would be directing this next episode

She captioned the video, ‘Thanks to Playtone, Gold Circle, HBO and Focus! And much love and gratitude to all of you for your support while we waited to film. Greece baby. Greece!’

My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the most successful indie movies of all time when it was released in 2002.

The comedy about Toula and Ian’s marriage and the coming together of their crazy families made $241.4 million domestically and $368.7 million worldwide, on a budget of just $5 million.

Classic Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the most successful indie movies of all time when it was released in 2002

Classic Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the most successful indie movies of all time when it was released in 2002

Loss: The cast suffered a loss last year after the death of actor Michael Constantine, who played patriarch Gus Portokalos

Loss: The cast suffered a loss last year after the death of actor Michael Constantine, who played patriarch Gus Portokalos

The cast returned in 2016 for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which was not as successful, earning $59.6 million domestically and $90.6 million worldwide.

Vardalos confirmed last year that a third film is in the works, but production has been halted because they couldn’t get insurance.

The cast also suffered a loss last year with the death of actor Michael Constantine, who played patriarch Gus Portokalos.

Vardalos revealed that Constantine asked them to make the third film without him, and she wrote the script with his wishes in mind.

“He had told me he couldn’t be with us for the third film and his wish was that we continue. I wrote the screenplay to reflect Michael’s decision and will always cherish his last messages to me in the hope that we would start filming soon,” she posted on Instagram.

The plot for this latest episode remains a secret, but Varadalos assured fans that Ian and Toula “are not grandparents!” in this sequel.

'He told me he wouldn't be able to join us': Vardalos revealed that Constantine asked them to make the third film without him, and she wrote the script with his wishes in mind

‘He told me he wouldn’t be able to join us’: Vardalos revealed that Constantine asked them to make the third film without him, and she wrote the script with his wishes in mind

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