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It’s time to polish off your tiaras and book your tickets to Genovia because Princess Diaries 3 is officially (!!!) happening. On November 15, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the threequel is in the works at Disney, and Aadrita Mukerji (known for her work on Reacher and Supergirl) is slated to write the script.
Based on Meg Cabot’s book series, The Princess Diaries debuted in theaters in 2001. The sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, premiered in 2004. Starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, the iconic films follow introverted San Francisco teen Mia Thermopolis, as she discovers that she’s a princess and the heir apparent to a small European principality called Genovia. Her grandmother, Queen Clarisse Rinaldi, arrives at Mia and her mother’s firehouse-turned-art-studio-turned-apartment to impart the rules of royalty, so Mia is properly poised to inherit the throne one day.
At the end of The Princess Diaries 2, Clarisse steps down as monarch, and Mia is crowned “Her Majesty Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Queen of Genovia” (ok, chills!). She successfully abolishes the antiquated royal marriage law (that she must marry to rule Genovia) and instead, keeps her heart open to love — and a relationship with Lord Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine).
So, what does this mean for Princess Diaries 3? Below, we break down everything we know so far, including the release date, casting, and deets on trailers.
OK, first things first. Are Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews returning to Princess Diaries 3?
Neither Anne Hathaway nor Julie Andrews are confirmed to return to Princess Diaries 3. But! Anne has previously shown interest in reprising her role for a third installment.
Most recently, in October 2022, Anne told Entertainment Tonight that she’d “more than entertain” the potential of Princess Diaries 3 and that she’s “pulling for it.”
“If there’s any way to get Julie Andrews involved, I think we would make it work,” she added. “We would go to where she was and put a green screen behind her and just make it happen.”
On Watch What Happens Live! in 2019, Anne revealed that there was a script for the third movie. “I want to do it. Julie wants to do it. Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it. We all really want it to happen,” she said. “It's just, we don’t want to do it unless it’s perfect, because we love it just as much as you guys love it. It’s as important to us as it is to you, and we don’t want to deliver anything until it’s ready, but we’re working on it.”
Unfortunately, Julie Andrews now doesn’t seem quite as confident in her return. “I think it would be too late to do it now,” she shared with The Hollywood Reporter in June 2022. “[For] especially me, it’s too far down the line now to go back to it. It’s a lovely thought, but I don’t think it would probably be possible.”
Who is directing Princess Diaries 3?
Garry Marshall, who directed both Princess Diaries and Princess Diaries 2, sadly passed away in 2016. While it’s confirmed that Aadrita Mukerji is penning the script, Disney has not yet announced a director for the threequel.
When will Princess Diaries 3 come out?
Since Princess Diaries 3 was just confirmed on November 15, a release date has not been announced. Plot details and casting news are also being kept hush-hush, so it will probably be some time before we know when the film will debut. But do make haste, Disney. We’ve been waiting decades for this!
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