Casey McQuiston’s bestselling book Red, White & Royal Blue is getting the movie treatment. Book fans have been awaiting the news of who would inhabit the roles of Prince Henry and Alex. Amazon Studios announced the cast of the same-sex romantic comedy on June 1, with Nicholas Galitzine and Taylor Zakhar Perez in the leading roles.
So, who is Nicholas Galitzine? You’ve likely seen him in another princely role. From his breakout moment to life before he became an actor, HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things you need to know about the 27-year-old British actor.
1. Nicholas will play Prince Henry in ‘Red, White & Royal Blue.’
Nicholas has been cast as Prince Henry in Amazon Studios’ film adaptation of Red, White & Royal Blue. The book follows Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the United States, and his romantic relationship with Prince Henry, who happens to be a British prince. Taylor will be playing Alex. Additional cast members include Sarah Shahi, Clifton Collins Jr., Stephen Fry, Rachel Hilson, Ellie Bamber, Anesh Sheth, Polo Morin, Ahmed Elhajand Akshay Khanna.
2. Nicholas’ breakout role was in ‘Cinderella.’
Nicholas had a breakthrough moment playing Prince Robert in Prime Video’s 2021 adaptation of Cinderella. Nicholas starred alongside Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, and more. Nicholas’ first onscreen role was in the 2014 film The Beat Beneath My Feet. He’s also starred in the TV series chambers and the film The Craft: Legacy. He’ll next be seen in the upcoming Netflix film purple hearts.
3. Nicholas can sing.
Nicholas shows off his amazing voice a number of times in Cinderella. From his rendition of “Somebody to Love” to his “Perfect” duet with Camila, Nicholas revealed he’s got vocal chops. In a 2020 interview with Vogue, Nicholas noted that he planned on relating some of his own music in the next year “because I’ve never really had time to pursue that, as acting has taken precedence. My goal is to continue working with passionate, driven, artists who are willing to think out of the box, and to keep challenging myself as an artist and a creative.”
4. Nicholas is a feminist.
“I think as a young man, it’s important to educate other young men about what is appropriate behavior,” Nicolas told VMEN in September 2019. “[When you portray] stuff like sexual assault and abortion [in film]it makes [those issues] more clear to people, and hopefully breaks that horrible cycle.”
5. Nicholas was an athlete growing up.
“I was training my whole younger life to be a sportsman. Rugby was my main thing,” Nicholas told WWD. “I went to a school two hours away from where I lived because it was the best rugby school in the country. And at one point I was second in London competing with the javelin. I was playing county-level football. It was all sports, just sports crazy.” He noted that he “kept getting hurt” playing sports and eventually “started to fall out of love with it.” Nicholas eventually decided to pursue acting.