Smile 2: Release date, plot & everything we know so far

Cassidy Stephenson
Naomi Scott as Skye in Smile 2

Paramount has officially announced that the 2022 horror movie Smile is receiving a sequel. Here’s everything we know.

With a budget of merely $17 million, Smile became one of the biggest horror releases of 2022 after grossing $217 million. It was initially planned to premiere on only Paramount+ but headed to theaters following its positive reception.

Smile director Parker Finn previously spoke about the potential of Smile 2, but wanted to do something different from the original film. All this sounds like it could be setting up one hell of a horror movie sequel!

Here’s everything we know about the new movie, including the Smile 2 release date, who’s in the cast, and more.

Smile 2 release date

Smile 2 will premiere in theaters on October 18, 2024.

The release date is fitting, as it comes out just before Halloween.

Is there a trailer?

The first Smile 2 trailer dropped on June 18, 2024. You can watch it for yourself below:

There’s a lot to take in (Joel’s back!), but the main thing everyone’s talking about is the song featured in the trailer, which was designed specifically for the film. The track was created for Naomi Scott’s pop star character, and you can listen to it on Apple Music now!

Smile 2 cast: Who’s in it?

The Smile 2 cast will have a new group of stars, including Naomi Scott as fictional pop star Skye Riley.

Here’s the full Smile 2 cast:

  • Kyle Gallner as Joel
  • Naomi Scott as Skye Riley
  • Lukas Gage
  • Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Dylan Gelula
  • Raúl Castillo
  • Miles Gutierrez-Riley

Finn is returning to direct the sequel in addition to writing and producing Smile 2. “I’m just trying to enjoy the moment of finally crossing the finish line on this one,” Finn revealed to Slash Film.

“I think there’s a lot of fun to be had in the world of Smile, but as a filmmaker, I never want to just do a retread of anything. So, if there was ever to be more, I’d want to make sure that it was very surprising and not what people might expect.”

Smile 2 plot: What’s it about?

Smile 2 will continue the story of an evil smile spreading around the inner circle of one person, only this time it will focus on an international pop star.

Other than that, the rest of the plot details are still to be revealed. The trailer gives a fair amount away, and we know that if the cursed smile is bad enough for normal people, it’s going to have real impact when it comes to a superstar with a huge fanbase.

It seems like it’s just Smile, only this time, on a huge scale.

For more, check out our guides to the best horror movies on Prime Video and the best horror movies on Disney Plus. We’ve also got guides to Longlegs and MaXXXine for some of the most exciting upcoming new movies!

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