The "Father Of The Bride" Cast Is Reuniting For A Netflix Special Tonight

Elena Nicolaou
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Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

From Delish

  • The cast of Father of the Bride will reunite for a special on Friday, September 25 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, available on Netflix and Netflix's Facebook and YouTube pages.

  • Expect to see Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, and "a few special guests."

  • Father of the Bride: Part 3 (ish) will be written and directed by Nancy Meyers.

Someone call Franck—we have an important occasion to dress up for! The cast of Father of the Bride is reuniting for a Netflix special, set to premiere on September 25. Entitled Father of the Bride: Part 3 (ish), the special will center on the Banks family in the year 2020, and will be available to stream on Netflix and the streaming service's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Nancy Meyers, the writer of the original 1991 movie and its sequel, helms the special. Similarly, the movie's main cast members are expected to reprise their roles, with Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, George Newbern, Keiran Culkin, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley guaranteed to return. Netflix also teased a few as-yet-unnamed "special guests."

According to the announcement, Father of the Bride Part 3 will benefit the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit created by chef José Andres to feed victims in the wake of of natural disasters.

Netflix first announced the upcoming special in a Tweet on Tuesday, alongside a teaser depicting George Banks, the patriarch played by Steve Martin, checking his email. George's inbox is crowded with nods to 2020, from coronavirus-centric notifications ("Which air filter is best for you?") to updates about current events ("Just when we thought 2020 couldn't get worse...").

Decades after the movies took place, George is still in close touch with the other characters—even Franck, who emailed with an on-brand subject line: "HALOOO!!!" George's online interactions proved that though the Father of the Bride characters are in the digital age, their dynamics haven't changed one bit.

According to the teaser, the special is structured around a family meeting called by Matty Banks, who had been a rambunctious kid played by Keiran Culkin in the first movie. "Dad, you coming to the video call? And yes...I checked, it doesn't cost anything to accept the calendar invite, okay?" Matty wrote in the email.

On Wednesday, Netflix released an official video teaser, amping up the excitement even further. "George, Matty said it was important," Nina—Keaton's character—says, referencing the family meeting from the other teaser.

The original 1991 movie follows the commotion that ensues after 22-year-old Annie returns home from Europe and announces she's getting married. George is immediately suspicious of her daughter's new fiancé, Bryan MacKenzie (Newbern)—a feeling that stems from the sadness associated with her growing up. In the 1995 sequel Father of the Bride Part II, Annie and her mother become pregnant at the same time.

Don't worry, Annie and Bryan fans: As of the reunion special, the movie's central couple is still together, as are George and Nina. Annie sent an email to her dad about digitizing her wedding photos—we're sure he was thrilled.

Father of the Bride joins the many beloved works of pop culture whose casts have gathered virtually. During an April special, the cast of Parks and Recreation reunited to imagine how the town of Pawnee, Indiana might be weathering the crisis. The cast of The Princess Bride reflected on the movie, now a cult classic, during a Zoom call in September.

After the reunion special, stream the original films for the perfect family movie night.

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