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Matthew Lopez directs ‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ (Exclusive)

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Matthew Lopez, who made history by winning the Tony Award for Best Drama as the first Latin playwright on Sunday, will make his directorial debut with his LGBTQ + romantic comedy “Red, White and Royal Blue”. The Amazon studio production is an adaptation of Casey McQueston’s 2019 best seller of the same name. It centers on the relationship between a star-crossed power couple-the Latin character of Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the president of the United States, and Prince Henry, the grandson of the Queen of England.

Lapage wrote the script to handle the film. Here is the official logline: “What happens when an American prince falls in love with a real prince? The film follows Alex Claremont-Diaz, who was elected as the American equivalent of a young royal immediately after his mother was elected president. Handsome, charismatic, bright তার his picture is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There is only one problem: across the pond, Alex has a long-running feud with his royal opponents. And when the tabloids capture a picture of an Alex-Henry feud, US-British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of families, states, and other handlers formulate a plan to control the damage: establish a ceasefire between the two rivals. What started out as a fake at first, the Instagram-enabled friendship turned out to be something more meaningful than Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself in a secret romance with a surprisingly restless Henry that could complicate his mother’s re-election campaign, provoking the two countries and asking the question: Can love save the world in the end?

The Tony winner has a busy dance card. He has written a remake of “The Bodyguard” for Warner Bros., collaborated with songwriters Mark Simon and Scott Whitman and Amber Rafin on a music adaptation of “Some Like It Hot” and is scripting a feature film adaptation of the novel “Leading”. , ”Which centers on the relationship between Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo.

Producers of “Red, White and Royal Blue” include Greg Berlanti and Sara Shechter of Berlanti / Shechter Films with Michael McGraw as executive producers. Lopez will also do executive production.

The two-episode epic “The Inheritance” about the AIDS crisis will premiere in 2022 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. In New York, Lopez’s works range from Broadway to “The Whipping Man” (Manhattan Theater Club), and “The Legend of Georgia McBride” (MCC Theater). He had earlier signed an overall television development agreement with Amazon Studios in October last year.

McQueston is the best-selling author of the New York Times’ Choir Adult and Young Adult Romcom, including “One Last Stop” and the upcoming “I Kissed Shara Wheeler.”

Berlanti / Schechter Films has recently completed production of Michael Grande’s Amazon’s “My Policeman”, starring Harry Styles and Emma Corinne, and Chris Winterbauer’s “Moonshot” starring Lana Condor, Cole Spruce and Jack Braff.

Lopez is represented by CAA, Grandview and Gang, Tire, Ramar, Brown and Pasman. McQueston is represented by Katie Literature and Sarah Magibo of the UTA.

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