Before we talk about ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’, the show, we have to talk a little about ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’, the Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning film of 1994, created by Richard Curtis. The film is considered a rom-com classic and could very well be the best in the genre. It stars Hugh Grant as a single man traversing the complications of his life along with his group of friends. The events take place in the setting of four weddings and a funeral.
The Hulu show, created by Mindy Kaling, is an adaptation of the original film. It marks their second collaboration after ‘The Mindy Project’. It is written by Kaling and Matt Warburton, who also serve as executive producers alongside Curtis, Jonathan Prince, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Howard Klien. The production companies involved with the project are Kaling International Inc., Working Title Films, 3 Arts Entertainment, MGM Television and Universal Television.
Four Weddings and A Funeral Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast of ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’ is led by Nathalie Emmanuel. She plays the role of Maya, a communications director working in New York who comes to London to attend a wedding. Emmanuel is best known for playing the role of Missandei in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’. She has also appeared in ‘The Maze Runner’ series and ‘The Fast and Furious’ films. She is also set to voice the character of Deet in Netflix’s ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’.
Maya’s love interest is, Kash, an investment banker, played by Nikesh Patel. He is best known for working in Channel 4’s ‘Indian Summers’. Rebecca Rittenhouse appears in the role of Ainsley Howard. She has starred alongside Kaling in ‘The Mindy Project’. She has also appeared on ‘Suits’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘The Affair’. He plays one of the leads in TBS’s ‘Search Party’, and hardcore ‘Stranger Things’ fans might recognise him as Officer Callahan. John Reynolds plays the role of Duffy. Brandon Mychal Smith plays the role of Craig. He is known for working in ‘One Big Happy’, ‘You’re the Worst’, ‘Phil of the Future’ and ‘Get on Up’. He also voices Michelangelo in ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’.
Additional cast includes Zoe Boyle, Sophia La Porta, Harish Patel, Guz Khan, Tom Mison, Ashley Madekwe and Tommy Dewey. Andie McDowell, who played the role of Carrie in the 1994 film, also appears in the guest role as Mrs Howard.
Four Weddings and A Funeral Plot: What’s It About?
If you love Richard Curtis’ ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’, then before going in the show, you must leave all your preconceptions behind. The central premise of the series is the same. It follows the story of a group of friends and uses four weddings and a funeral as the events that shape their lives. However, that’s as close the TV adaptation gets to its source. Kaling spoke about the show with Entertainment Weekly and said, “I wanted to take the themes and the essence of the movie and apply it through my eyes of what I would like to see that I haven’t seen yet.” About the casting of the lead characters, she said, “I know so many beautiful, funny, interesting African-American girls and so many handsome, hilarious British-Pakistani and British-Indian guys and I don’t think anyone would put them together if I’m not going to do it.”
The show follows four American friends- Maya, Craig, Ainsley and Duffy- who reunite for a fabulous London wedding. But after a bombshell at the altar throws their lives into turmoil, they must weather a tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings… and a funeral.
The Academy Award-nominated film had Hugh Grant’s Charles falling in love with McDowell’s Carrie. In the first wedding, they meet; in the second, Charles discovers that Carrie is engaged; in the third, he attends her wedding. This is followed by the funeral of one of his close friends. The fourth wedding is Charles’, where he discovers that Carrie is divorced and realising that he doesn’t love anyone but her, he breaks off the wedding to pursue a relationship with her.
The show shares the basic plot outline with the film. With talents like Mindy Kaling involved in the show, the humour obviously has undercurrents of social and political issues as well. Emmanuel’s Maya works for a political campaign, after all!
Four Weddings and A Funeral Season 2 Release Date: When Will It Premiere?
‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’ Season 1 premiered on Hulu on July 31, 2019. The popularity of the original ensured that the TV adaptation received considerable attention. Though, critics were not kind to the show. Washington Post had this to say about it: “The stories and subplots do evolve some, but the dialogue remains excruciatingly flat (and often just corny), while the annoyingly dull cast seems incapable of giving the material much lift.”
Moving on to the future of the series, what we do know is that it has been tagged as a miniseries, which generally means that it is a one-time thing. However, in the recent past we have seen exceptions, like what HBO did with ‘Big Little Lies’. IBut given the poor response season 1 received, we are highly doubtful that the show will return for another season. In any case, if we hear anything about the renewal or ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’ Season 2 release date, we will update this section.
Four Weddings and A Funeral Trailer
All episodes of ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’ can be watched on Hulu. Watch the trailer below.
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