“We’d make it work”: Despite Fans Rallying Behind Zendaya, Anne Hathaway Steals the Spotlight and Says She’s More Than Willing To Return For Princess Diaries 3

Despite Fans Rallying Behind Zendaya, Anne Hathaway Steals the Spotlight and Says She’s More Than Willing To Return For Princess Diaries 3

Anne Hathaway is one of the most charming modern-day actresses of the silver screen. She has made a name for herself, as she has worked in some of the most underrated dramas to epic blockbusters, captivating the viewers with her mesmerizing performance for two decades. In her successful career, she has worked in a plethora of films Love & Other Drugs, InterstellarThe Dark Knight Rises, and many more films.

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

However, her most popular work was in The Princess Diaries. Anne Hathaway charmed the audience with her charm and relatable awkwardness, transforming herself from an ordinary teenager to a graceful princess. Recently, it was reported that Zendaya would join Princess Diaries 3 but her priceless moment was eclipsed as The Intern actress shared how she would love to return for Princess Diaries 3.

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Anne Hathaway Is Up For Princess Diaries 3

Anne Hathaway’s role in the 2001 Disney rom-com helped her get the attention she needed. The Disney film was her first lead film in a major franchise. Her performance as Mia Thermopolis was delightful, vulnerable, and intriguing to watch. Her performance and chemistry with Julia Andrews was the selling point of the film. 

Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries
Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries

Recently it was reported that Zendaya would be replacing Anne Hathaway, becoming the new face of the franchise but her spotlight dimmed when the 40-year-old actress, stated her intention to return for the third film while talking to Entertainment Tonight.

The interviewer asked “What about Princess Diaries?” mentioning that the ET team talked to Julie Andrews, she stated how Hathaway would be “still okay for it.” However, she considered herself to be too old for the role and ruled out her possibility of returning to the franchise. The One Day actress answered how she would love to work with Julie Andrews in the third film, and they would find ways to make the story work.

A still from The Princess Diaries
A still from The Princess Diaries

“I would more than entertain it. I’m pulling for it. If there’s any way to get Julie Andrews involved, I think that we would make it work. We would go to where she was and put a green screen behind her and make it- just make it happen.”

Julie Andrews, who is now 87 years old, has clearly stated that her age would be a crucial factor and it would be the only thing that is stopping her from returning to the franchise. However, it would be a treat to the ardent fans of the franchise, to see the actress reprise her iconic role after 22 years.

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Fans Rally Behind Zendaya for Princess Diaries 3

The pressure is immense as the franchise is being revived after 22 years, and countless people have grown up watching the Princess Diaries films, eventually providing a sense of comfort to them. Amidst the rumors circling the franchise, it is believed that Zendaya would be replacing Hathaway and an insider has given a scoop, leaking the film’s plot on Twitter.


“PRINCESS DIARIES 3 is about a gen Z biracial teen who discovers that Mia Thermopolis is her half-sister, she moves to Genovia to live amongst the royals. Anne Hathaway will return as Mia who is now queen of Genovia. Zendaya eyed for the new princess.”

It will be exciting to see new faces being added to the franchise, but fans would be immensely disappointed if their favorite characters are replaced in the new film. Hence, the pressure would be immense on the filmmakers as they would not like to kill the franchise over poor decisions.

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The Princess Diaries can be streamed on Disney+.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

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