Red, White & Royal Blue: Matthew Lopez (Tony Winner, The Inheritance) to Direct Gay Romance

Tony Winner Matthew López to Make Directorial Debut With LGBTQ+ Romance ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’

Matthew López Red White and Royal
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Matthew López, who made history as the first Latiné playwright to win the Tony Award for best play, will have his feature directorial debut with the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy Red, White & Royal Blue.

The Amazon production is an adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s 2019 best-seller of the same name. It centers on a star-crossed power couple–Latiné character of Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the U.S. president, and his relationship with Prince Henry, grandson of the Queen of England.

López wrote the script and will direct the film.

The official logline: “What happens when America’s Prince falls in love with an actual prince?

The film follows Alex Claremont-Diaz who, upon his mother’s election as president, was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, brilliant―his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House.

Alex has long-running feud with his royal counterpart across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S.-British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals.

What at first begins as fake, Instagram-able friendship grows into something more meaningful. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could complicate his mother’s re-election campaign, upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all?”

The Tony winner has a busy schedule. He’s penning a remake of “The Bodyguard” for Warner, collaborating with songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Amber Ruffin on musical-adaptation of “Some Like it Hot.”

He’s also scripting film adaptation of the novel Leading Men, which centers on the relationship between Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo.

Producers for “Red, White & Royal Blue” include Berlanti-Schechter Films’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, with Michael McGrath exec producing.

López will also executive produce.

The Inheritance, a two-part epic about the AIDS crisis, is set to make its Los Angeles premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in 2022.

In New York, López’s work has been seen Off Broadway with “The Whipping Man “(Manhattan Theatre Club), and “The Legend of Georgia McBride” (MCC Theater).

McQuiston is New York Times bestselling author of queer adult and young adult romcoms, including ”One Last Stop” and the forthcoming “I Kissed Shara Wheeler.”

Berlanti-Schechter Films recently wrapped production on Amazon’s “My Policeman” directed by Michael Grandage, starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin, and Chris Winterbauer’s “Moonshot” starring Lana Condor, Cole Sprouse and Zach Braff.