Distribution of red, white and royal blue film
The long-awaited film “Red, White & Royal Blue” for Prime Video cast its Prince Henry and Alex Claremont-Diaz. Author Casey McQuiston broke the news on Twitter June 1. Prince Henry will be played by Nicholas Galitzine, who starred as Prince Robert in 2021’s “Cinderella,” while Taylor Zakhar Perez will play Alex. Perez previously starred in Netflix’s Kissing Booth trilogy and recently appeared in HBO Max’s “Minx.”
On June 2, Deadline announced that Uma Thurman would join the cast as Alex’s mother, President Ellen Claremont. According to Amazon Studios’ Instagram, Clifton Collins Jr., Stephen Fry, “Sex/Life” star Sarah Shahi, Rachel Hilson, Ellie Bamber, Aneesh Sheth, Polo Morín, Ahmed Elhaj and Akshay Khanna are also joining the cast. Their roles have not yet been revealed.
“Red, White & Royal Blue” was released in 2019 and became a runaway bestseller. It’s also a perennial favorite on BookTok. In the novel, Alex is the son of the first female President of the United States, and Henry is one of the princes of the succession to the British throne. They do not get along. After an incident at Henry’s older brother’s wedding, the two are forced to fake a friendship to undo the damage, but soon romantic feelings begin to arise and complicate matters.
The film will be directed by playwright Matthew López in his feature debut and is set to begin filming in Britain this month.
Meanwhile, McQuiston followed up “Red, White & Royal Blue” with two more novels: 2021’s “One Last Stop” and last month’s “I Kissed Shara Wheeler,” their first young adult novel. Both books were also New York Times bestsellers.
McQuiston told Deadline, “It’s been a pleasure to entrust this story to Berlanti/Schechter, Amazon and our fearless leader Matthew López and watch them make so many smart, bold and thoughtful choices to bring it to life. This casting doesn’t is no exception. I can’t wait to see Taylor and Nicholas on screen as Alex and Henry.”
Fans will have to see which other actors will round out the cast of beloved characters from the book. No release date has been announced, although it looks like the movie won’t hit screens until at least 2023.
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