Richard Gere has signed up for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel.

The 64-year-old star will star in the follow-up to 2012's hit comedy alongside an all-star cast including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.

Gere will play new arrival Guy, who fights for his right to a room with fellow newcomer Lavinia, played by Tamsin Greig, according to Variety.

Speaking about the movie, filmmaker John Madden said: ''This film presented us with an irresistible opportunity: to continue a story we realised we had only just begun. Not to tell the same story again, but to pursue where the lives of these very different characters lead, with an audience which already holds them in great affection."