Offering another example of how sequel-friendly the studios have become (or proof that there is no God — take your pick), development on The Pink Panther 2 continues apace: Variety reports that no fewer than four names have been added to the cast.
Starring alongside Steve Martin in the sequel, presently scheduled for a 2009 release, will be Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina, and Aishwarya Rai. Also returning for the second installment are Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer. According to the article:
Cleese will play Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the pic. Garcia, Molina and Rai have signed on as detectives and experts who join forces with Clouseau to catch the thief who has been stealing artifacts around the world.
There is now a scary amount of talent in this cast. The script and director will have to work hard to squander all of it, but if there’s one thing this great nation was built on, it’s hard work. And sequels nobody asked for. Hey, when is Garfield 3 coming out?