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Review of Tim Federle to Direct Whoopi Goldberg-Led Sister Act 3 for Disney+

According to Deadline, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series creator Tim Federle has been tapped to helm the long-in-development third installment to the Sister Act films. The streamer has also enlisted Madhuri Shekar (Evil Eye, The Nevers) to pen the music comedy pic’s screenplay.

The outlet notes that the decision to bring Federle into the project was made due to the Ferdinand co-writer’s upcoming Disney+ film titled Better Nate Than Ever starring Lisa Kudrow. Disney executives have already watched his director’s cut of the said film and was very much impressed with it.

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Sister Act 3 will see the return of EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg as she reprises her iconic roles as Sister Mary Clarence. The Disney+ threequel will be produced by Goldberg, Tyler Perry, and Tom Leonardis. Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps.

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The third installment has been in development since 2015. Since then, many producers and writers had been previously attached to the project including Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah (Legally Blonde), Alli Shearmur (Cinderella), Insecure‘s Regina Hicks, and Star showrunner Karin Gist.

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The original film had its theatrical release in 1992 where it starred Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris, a Las Vegas lounge singer who witnesses her mob boss boyfriend commit murder. Deloris is placed in a nunnery in witness protection, hiding under the identity of Sister Mary Clarence. Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Harvey Keitel, and the late Bill Nunn also starred in the movie. Due to its success, it was immediately followed up by a sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, in 1993, and even inspired a Broadway musical.

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