As Game of Thrones returns for its final series next week, the stars have been talking about how sad the final days were on set. But Nathalie Emmanuel, GoT’s Missandei, will have something else to distract her today, with the announcement that her new show – Mindy Kaling’s new Four Weddings & a Funeral TV spin-off – has been given a July transmission date.
The new drama inspired by Hugh Grant’s hit comedy, will see a group of American friends arrive in London for a wedding. Emmanuel, who replaced the originally cast Jessica Williams (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), will play Maya.
She is joined by Rebecca Rittenhouse (The Mindy Project), who will play the bride they come to support. Rittenhouse’s character, Ainsley, is also the daughter of returning original star Andie MacDowell (who will make an appearance too). The stars obviously bonded while on set, as they have featured in a number of Instagram posts together.
A post shared by Rebecca Rittenhouse (@rebeccarittenhouse) on Feb 14, 2019 at 8:01am PST
Just last month Emmanuel posted a video of herself and Rittenhouse dancing after being challenged by Kaling, as part of Women’s History Month. The Fast & Furious actress then extended the challenge to her GoT co-star Emilia Clarke (among others).
Challenge accepted @mindykaling! @rebeccarittenhouse and I teamed up for your #womendancingtogether for #womenshistorymonth…. we got the moves here down at #fourweddingsandafuneral for @hulu 💁🏽♀️💁🏼♀️👯♀️ I challenge @emilia_clarke @kat.mcnamara @tracelysette… show us your moves ladies…. 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Also don’t watch my garms… Rebecca is bringing the glam for the both of us 😍😍😍😍 #friyay #fridayfeeling
A post shared by Nathalie Emmanuel (@nathalieemmanuel) on Mar 29, 2019 at 1:33am PDT
British actress Zoe Boyle, known to many as Lavinia Swire in Downton Abbey, also got involved with the Four Weddings friendsfest, calling Rittenhouse her “bae” in one post.
A post shared by Zoe Boyle (@thezoeboyle) on Apr 4, 2019 at 10:35pm PDT
Four Weddings & A Funeral got the Comic Relief treatment back in March, when many of the original cast reunited for a special one-off sequel. They were joined by Lily James and Alicia Vikander, who were married by the still bumbling Father Gerald played by Rowan Atkinson, in the BBC One special.
Spin-off creator, Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) took to Twitter to announce the arrival of the show on US streaming service Hulu. No UK date has been set as yet.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 12, 2019
The Ocean’s 8 star also got the green light from Netflix recently to create an autobiographic series about her life growing up in the US.
Watch the Nathalie Emmanuel in the final series of Game of Thrones, which starts this Monday on Sky Atlantic.