Red White and Royal Blue is coming back with a sequel

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Red, White and Royal Blue was a big hit with social media.
Red, White and Royal Blue was a big hit with social media. Credit: Jonathan Prime/Jonathan Prime/Prime Video

Put your swoony face on because Red, White and Royal Blue is getting a sequel.

A sequel to the popular streaming rom-com has been greenlit by Amazon MGM Studios with stars Nicholas Galitzine and Taylor Zakhar Perez both signed on to return.

The frothy rom-com is based on a best-selling novel by Casey McQuiston and centres on the story of a LGBTQI romance between Alex, the son the American president, and Henry, a prince of the UK.

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The two started off as adversaries (there was a wedding cake disaster) and eventually formed a deeper connection when forced together for the sake of appearances and political alliances.

The first film, released in August, was directed by Matthew Lopez and written by Lopez and Ted Malawar. McQuiston will co-write the screenplay for the sequel. She never wrote a sequel book so it will be a whole new story.

Red, White and Royal Blue was a big hit with social media.
Red, White and Royal Blue is streaming on Prime Video. Credit: Jonathan Prime/Jonathan Prime/Prime Video

Or perhaps it will expand on supporting characters, such as Alex’s sister, whose roles from the novel were reduced or cut in the film.

The film also featured Uma Thurman, Sarah Shahi, Clifton Collins Jr and Stephen Fry in supporting roles.

Red, White and Royal Blue was particularly a hit on social media with endless memes circulating on Instagram and TikTok. Amazon Prime hasn’t shared viewership numbers except that it was the number one movie on its platform during its launch period.

Red, White and Royal Blue was a big hit with social media.
Red, White and Royal Blue will return for a sequel movie. Credit: Jonathan Prime/Jonathan Prime/Prime Video

For Galitzine, the breakout star from the film, it was the first role in his current run of high-profile projects, which he followed up with the raucous comedy Bottoms, a starring role opposite Julianne Moore in the sexually charged historical dramedy Mary & George, and the rom-com The Idea of You, opposite Anne Hathaway.

Two of those roles have been LGBTQI characters and Galitzine told British GQ this week that he feels some guilt over those opportunities.

He said, “I identify as a straight man, but I have been a part of some incredible queer stories. I felt a sense of uncertainty sometimes about whether I’m taking up someone’s space, and perhaps guilt.

“At the same time, I see those characters as not solely their sexuality.”

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