Dench heads up all-British cast
Dame Judi Dench is joining the cream of British talent in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel will also appear in John Madden's comedy, which will start production in India later this month, reports Collider.
The film, based on a novel by British author Deborah Moggach, follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India, only to find it isn't as they expected.
Director John said in a statement: "It's rare to find a script that traverses comedy, romance, and melancholy with such a lightness of touch and it's proved to be a magnet for the cast of your dreams: actors I know and would want to work with in every film - Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson; and actors I'd feel lucky to be in the room with - Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, and an amazing ensemble.
"It's a great project about a world that defies all categorisation. No one could come to India and not be changed by it," he added.