There’s bittersweet news to report for fans of Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit—the comedy classics will be reinvented for a new generation but without Sister Mary Clarence herself, Whoopi Goldberg.
The View talk show host first announced during an interview with Good Morning Britain in September that she would not be reprising the hilarious role. Instead, the television movie will be a reimagining of the Sister Act story with a possible cameo from the EGOT winner.
“We’ve been all over Disney begging and they’ve decided that they’re going to go in a different direction with Sister Act. So it won’t be Sister Act 3, it’ll be a brand new rendition of Sister Act,” Goldberg explained. “And I guess I’ll walk through a scene and that’s how they’ll say I was part of it.”
A rep for Goldberg has confirmed the news, telling Entertainment Weekly,
“It is our understanding that this is not a continuation and Whoopi is not involved.”
Plot details of Sister Act 3 are being kept under wraps but Variety reports that Insecure co-executive producer Regina Hicks and Star showrunner Karin Gist have been tapped to pen the script for Disney’s newly named streaming service, Disney+.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.