Has history been made?
Red, White & Royal Blue, the highly anticipated Prime Video adaptation of the 2019 bestseller by Casey McQuiston, has been filming in the U.K. over the summer, and according to the film's stars, production just wrapped.
In a new behind-the-scenes Instagram post, co-stars Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine hold a clapperboard, announcing the end of filming:
"That’s a wrap on Red, White, and Royal Blue. I wish I could share more than this video, but I promise it’s worth the wait," Perez wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to EVERYONE who worked to bring this world to life, OH WHAT A SUMMER!"
Another member of the cast, Aneesh Sheth, also confirmed the project had finished filming. Posting a picture on Instagram with the two leads, Sheth wrote: "Being a part of this film has changed my life- in so many ways I did not think possible."
Director Matthew López also took to social media to sing the praises of the film's two lead actors, posting a picture with Perez and Galitzine, writing: "I cannot wait for the world to discover what those of us who worked on the film already know—that they are the perfect two actors to bring Alex and Henry to life."
As Logo previously reported, the Amazon adaptation of the 2019 bestseller by Casey McQuiston will star Taylor Zakhar Perez (The Kissing Booth 2 & 3, Minx) as Alex Claremont-Diaz and Nicholas Galitzine (the Camila Cabello Cinderella, The Craft: Legacy) as Prince Henry. Stephen Fry has also joined the cast along with Westworld's Clifton Collins Jr. and Sarah Shahi (Sex/Life). The Inheritance playwright Matthew López will make his directorial debut and he also adapted the novel for the screen.
“Meeting with and auditioning literally hundreds of actors over these past several months has been a painstaking labor of love that has brought us this diverse and extraordinary cast, led so fantastically by Nick and Taylor,” López said in a statement with the casting announcement. “I cannot wait for the fans of the book (and indeed for the world) to find out how remarkably gifted and perfect these two actors are for bringing Henry and Alex to life.”
In case your book club was one of the few that didn't read McQuiston's YA word-of-mouth megahit, here's a synopsis from a 2019 Logo summer books roundup:
In her New York Times–bestselling debut, McQuiston imagines an alternate America where the POTUS is a hard-working mother of two biracial kids from a previous marriage—and her son, whip-smart college student Alex, has an enduring feud with Henry, the posh, fair-haired Prince of Wales. Fortunately for us, Alex and Henry’s attempts to squash their beef quickly spiral into a super sexy friends-with-benefits situation. Unfortunately for them, the clandestine tryst-turned-romance threatens to ruin Henry’s chances at ascending to the throne and overshadow Alex’s mother’s reelection campaign.
In a statement about the upcoming adaptation, McQuiston said: "It has been a thrill to hand this story over to Berlanti/Schechter, Amazon, and our fearless leader Matthew López and watch them make so many smart, bold, thoughtful choices to bring it to life. This casting is no exception. I absolutely can’t wait to see Taylor and Nicholas on screen as Alex and Henry.”
We currently don't have a release date for Red, White & Royal Blue, but as Lopez said in his Instagram post: "Stay tuned..."