12:00pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'A Christmas Prince' Sequel 'The Royal Wedding' Set at Netflix (Exclusive)
Move aside, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. There's another royal couple in town and they're about to get married, too.
Netflix's fan-favorite holiday film A Christmas Prince is getting a sequel titled A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding that will focus on the impending nuptials. News of the follow-up comes just ahead of the real-life royal wedding taking place on Saturday at St George's Chapel.
The romantic comedy, which drew comparisons to a Hallmark movie, follows Amber (iZombie star Rose McIver), a journalist who — surprise! — falls in love with a prince (Divergent's Ben Lamb), Richard, she is supposed to be writing about. While Netflix does not release ratings, A Christmas Prince became a bit of a cult hit for the streaming service after its Nov. 17, 2017, release.
The sequel will pick up a year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown. The two are set to tie the knot in a royal Christmas wedding — but their plans are jeopardized when Amber finds herself second-guessing whether or not she's cut out to be queen, and Richard is faced with a political crisis that threatens to tarnish not only the holiday season but the future of the kingdom.
In addition to McIver and Lamb, castmember Alice Krige is returning for Royal Wedding, which has already begun shooting in Romania. John Schultz is directing the follow-up. while Robin Bernheim and Nate Atkins penned the script. Motion Picture Corporation of America's Brad Krevoy is producing. The movie is expected to be released on the streamer later this year during the holiday season.
Netflix itself drew backlash after the company's Twitter account made fun of some of the first film's viewers by reminding the public of the viewing data it has. "To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?" read the tweet.
Check out a clip from the streamer drumming up buzz for the royal sequel:
Hear Ye, Hear Ye— Netflix US (@netflix) May 18, 2018
Ms. Amber Moore and His Royal Highness Prince Richard of Aldovia kindly request the honor of your presence at their royal wedding later this year pic.twitter.com/GIvO753tqX