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The Nice Guys 2 release date speculation, cast, plot, and more

Here's everything we know about The Nice Guys 2 release date, as we dive into the possibility of a sequel to one of the best comedy movies.

The Nice Guys 2 release date: Ryan Gosling as Holland March in The Nice Guys

What is The Nice Guys 2 release date? Back in 2016, director Shane Black treated us to one of the best comedy movies of the last decade. However, despite the immense popularity of the movie, it’s now been seven years and we still don’t have a sequel.

The Nice Guys starred Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a pair of private eyes who become embroiled in a missing persons case. The problem is, the two don’t really get along, not at first anyway, but they soon develop an unlikely friendship and become a formidable investigative team. The detective movie also starred Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, and Kim Basinger.

With an all-star cast, fun buddy-cop chemistry, and lots of fans clamouring for more, why do we not have The Nice Guys 2 yet? And, will we ever see it materialise? Well, the first comedy movie only grossed $62 million against a budget of $50 million, which is a huge stumbling block. So, with that in mind, let’s discuss The Nice Guys 2 release date.

The Nice Guys 2 release date speculation

No The Nice Guys 2 release date has been confirmed as of April 2024, and the project hasn’t been given the go ahead yet. After a fairly disastrous box office performance which saw The Nice Guys bring in just $12 million more than the reported budget of the movie, it’s very unlikely Warner Bros would take the risk of pumping more money into a sequel.

Indeed, there is no greenlight, no script in development, and no murmurs from Shane Black that it’s even a possibility at this stage, so it’s difficult to estimate a release date for a movie that, at the time of writing, isn’t even happening.

However, the director did tell Fandango he would love to make more The Nice Guys movies. With the intense popularity of the Ryan Gosling movie since its release and the vast demand for a sequel on social media, you never know.

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Warner Bros has previously caved to fan demands in the past (Snyder Cut, we’re talking about you), so there’s still time for a The Nice Guys 2 movement to really pick up momentum and make things happen. Just don’t be annoying about it, okay?

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The Nice Guys 2 plot speculation

As of April 2023, there are no official plot details for The Nice Guys 2 as the movie hasn’t been given the greenlight.

But, the end of the first action movie definitely left the door wide open for Holland March (Gosling) and Jackson Healy (Crowe) to take on more cases together. The first movie was set in the ’70s, and the whole aesthetic of that era was wonderfully captured in The Nice Guys.

What could be cool, though, for a sequel, is if the timeline jumped to the ’80s and explored a very different Los Angeles next time around, or maybe even a different city.

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We’d love to see Holland and March join forces once again and see how their dynamic has evolved over time since the last movie. Another fun idea I had, inspired by a tweet from Letterboxd, would be to introduce two more detectives onto the scene to really mix things up.

Imagine, if you will, The Nicer Guys… Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield play two loveable detectives, who compete with Gosling and Crowe to crack a case. The good intentions of the new characters would more than likely frustrate the more experienced investigative team of Holland and March, and hilarity would most certainly ensue.

There was even talk of a gender-swapped TV series version of The Nice Girls, titled The Nice Girls. The show was optioned by Fox back in 2017 according to Deadline, but the trail seems to have gone cold on that one since.

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The Nice Guys 2 cast speculation

We would expect both Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe to return for The Nice Guys 2 cast if the movie ever hapens.

While we love the idea of Driver and Garfield joining the world of The Nice Guys, we would be gutted if Gosling and Crowe weren’t around for The Nice Guys 2. And, it seems Crowe is keen on the idea of a sequel.

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In a Tweet on April 10, 2019, Crowe shared an image of a couple of Lego figures that bear a resemblance to Holland and March, with the caption:  “Where’s the sequel to this? Nice Guys 2 – Mexican Detectives.” Now there’s an idea!

Of course, all of this is hope and dreams at this stage, so don’t get too excited. As much as we want The Nice Guys 2 to happen, it’s very unlikely at the moment, but we’ll keep all our intel safe and keep an eye out for any hot leads in the future.

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