This article discusses whether there will be a Raymond & Ray 2, a sequel to the Apple TV Plus film Raymond & Ray, and will contain spoilers.
In the latest Apple TV Plus film, Raymond & Ray, Ewan McGregor, and Ethan Hawke play half-brothers who bonded growing up over their despise of their father. He is now dead, and during the movie, the two try to deal with their loss in their own way. The film, released on October 21, 2022, received mixed critical reception, scoring a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes the day of its debut, and overall, was a bit of a letdown given the very interesting premise.
However, even though the two of them have now put their father to rest and are moving on with their lives, there could be room for a sequel. At this point, it’s unknown if Apple will move forward with it, and it’s definitely very unlikely, but let’s have some fun here and speculate what it could be about.
Raymond & Ray sequel potential release date
Since there are no plans for a sequel, as far as we know, the movie would probably need a couple of years to go from the conceptual phase to actually being released. Rodrigo García, who wrote and directed the movie, could potentially start working on it before the end of the year, so that they can shoot within the year and have it out on Apple TV Plus around this time in 2024. Of course, the giant asterisk here is that we still don’t know if they are moving forward with it.
Raymond & Ray sequel cast – who might be in it?
The cast obviously depends on the pitch, but given the title characters, it would obviously require both McGregor and Hawke to be back. Maribel Verdú is also a prime candidate to return for the sequel, given the events of the first movie, and to give Hawke’s Ray a nice character arc, I would personally bring back Sophie Okonedo as well.
Raymond & Ray sequel plot: what could Raymond & Ray 2 be about?
This is obviously pure speculation for now, but let’s have some fun with a pitch for a potential sequel to Raymond & Ray. I would personally start the movie a few months after the moment where the first movie ended. Raymond and Lucía (Maribel Verdú) have been seeing each other sporadically (maybe Raymond even moved closer to where Lucía lives), but the two of them are struggling to go beyond that phase given Lucía’s past with Raymond’s father, and what that would mean for Raymond and Lucía’s kid. At the same time, Raymond’s son is back from the army and is having a hard time adapting to normal life. The first movie struggled with a clash of different tones, so this subplot would have to be carefully integrated into the Lucía storyline — for instance, maybe he’s having a hard time finding a job, and Lucía helps him out with that. This would get Raymond and Lucía closer together and they would realize they were made for each other, even if Lucía first loved his father. It’s a commentary on love and the many faces it can take.
Meanwhile, Ray is not out of the picture. He’s visiting his brother for a few days, something he’s been doing every few weeks since they started bonding again during their father’s funeral, and gets in an accident. When going to the hospital, he reunites with Kiera. Ray tries to make up for what he said a few months ago, and even though Kiera is initially emotionally distant, she ends up falling for him. Ray stays for a few more days to heal his injury, and Kiera helps him out with that.
What do you think? Do you like the pitch, or would you like to see something different in a hypothetical Raymond & Ray sequel?