Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming Red, White, and Royal Blue movie has officially cast the two actors playing the lead roles of Alex and Prince Henry.
Amazon Prime Video announces the leading men for its upcoming rom-com, Red, White, and Royal Blue. The new movie is based on an eponymous LGBTQ romance novel that author Casey McQuiston wrote in 2019, drawing inspiration from the HBO comedy series Veep and Carl Bernstein’s Hillary Clinton biography A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. McQuiston’s book proved to be a runaway hit, with critics heralding its rich, thoughtful characterization as well as its uniquely millennial humor. Not long after the book’s release, Red, White, and Royal Blue became an inspiration for media projects, with the Swedish Netflix original Young Royals gaining particular attention for its similarity to the novel’s plot points.
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Although Young Royals only came out in 2021, Amazon Studios had already acquired the rights to the McQuiston’s book in 2019, enlisting Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions to adapt the novel into a feature-length film. Later, in October 2021, renowned playwright and screenwriter Matthew Lopez was brought on board to helm the movie in his directorial debut. News on the film has since been scant, although now Red, White, and Royal Blue is finally making some headway.
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On Wednesday, @casey_mcquiston announces that the Red, White, and Royal Blue movie has locked in its main leads. The Kissing Booth 2 & 3 star Taylor Zakhar Perez has been roped in to play Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of America’s first female president. Joining Perez is Cinderella (2021)’s Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Henry, Alex’s British counterpart, with whom he has a long-standing rivalry. Initially, the families of the two boys arrange for a sham reconciliation between the two lads, to salvage deteriorating U.S./U.K. relations. But soon, Alex and Henry’s fake friendship blossoms into an unanticipated romance that not only jeopardizes the former’s mother’s re-election campaign, but also risks diplomatic relations between the two nations. Take a look at the tweet below:
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Interestingly, Perez and Galitzine aren’t the only stars who have been confirmed for the new movie. Westworld’s Clifton Collins Jr., Heartstopper’s Stephen Fry, and Black Adam’s Sarah Shahi have also been confirmed to play important roles. As for the rest of the cast, rounding out the ensemble are Rachel Hilson, Ellie Bamber, Aneesh Sheth, Polo Morin, Ahmed Elhaj, and Akshay Khanna. The specifics of their roles are yet to be disclosed, although reports suggest that Fry will be tied into the British family, while Shahi will play Perez’s mother.
Undoubtedly, Amazon has assembled a charming cast for its new rom-com that perfectly compliments the source material’s spectacular roster of well-drawn characters. Perez and Galitzine have signaled themselves industry heartthrobs after their recent breakout performances, and their refreshing chemistry will be adored by both loyalists and new fans. The only thing that needs contemplation is the story, as the original novel was partially criticized for its unrealistic plot. The movie has the opportunity to fix that problem, and become a teen rom-com that is meaningful, poignant, and barrier-breaking. More will become clear once the Red, White, and Royal Blue movie begins filming.
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