Once upon a time, Vanessa Hudgens was the queen of Disney (getting to star on High School Musical *and* kiss Zac Efron earns you that status). But now with the lead spot in the perfectly cheesy holiday franchise, The Princess Switch, she's ascended to Netflix royalty. Luckily, fans are in for plenty more Hudgens-as-a-monarch content, since the third installment is set to be released this year. Here's everything we know so far about Netflix's The Princess Switch 3's plot, premiere date, and cast to get you ready for more heartwarming holiday vibes:
When the first movie in the now-trilogy premiered in 2018, fans were instantly enchanted by the feel-good flick. Hudgens starred as a pastry chef who enters a royal baking competition in the fictitious land of Belgravia. It's there that she meets Margaret Delacourt, a duchess who happens to look exactly like her (and is also played by Hudgens). Naturally, a Parent Trap-style switcheroo takes place, and the film ends with the women falling in love with each other's initial love interests.
It sounds like a recipe for drama, but it actually all works out — the whole "magic at Christmastime" thing probably helps with that. And even though the first film was cleanly wrapped up, Netflix ordered a sequel... and then another sequel. After the release of The Princess Switch: Switched Again in 2020, fans are eager to know what's happens next in Hudgens' reign as a royal.
The Princess Switch 3 Plot Details
The sequel to the original The Princess Switch, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, reunited Margaret and Stacy as well as a third lookalike character, Fiona, Margaret's cousin and total party girl who found herself in hot water at the end of the second film after she attempts to steal Margaret's throne.
So, what's in store for fans in the third installment? Margaret and Stacy are now both married (and Margaret had her coronation and became the queen of Montenaro). Considering the path of Netflix's other accidental-royal-entanglement-during-the-holidays film series, A Christmas Prince, you may think this third movie might bring about a royal baby. But the synopsis, released by Netflix on Aug. 23, 2021, suggests a different kind of switch.
As for what that “unexpected switch” Netflix references to is, fans can look forward to seeing straight-laced Stacy and proper Margaret taking on the identity of ~bad girl~ Fiona. Whether or not The Princess Switch 3 includes a baby carriage, I'm personally just hoping the three Vanessa Hudgens characters team up to rule the world together, crowns and all.
The Princess Switch 3 Cast
Hudgens is set to return for the third movie. Considering she’s, like, half the cast, that seems pretty important. While fans initially theorized Hudgens would play a fourth character — following the addition of a third Hudgens role, Lady Fiona Pembroke, in Switched Again — she hastily put those rumors to rest. In November 2020, she told Entertainment Tonight, “That is not happening, no one get their hopes up for that ... Three is my limit. It is all that my mental capacity can handle.”
In addition to Hudgens playing basically everyone, fans will see Sam Palladio return as Prince Edward (Stacy’s husband) and Nick Sagar reprise his role as Kevin (Margaret’s hubby). Plus, a new love interest — seemingly for Fiona — will be added to the mix. Remy Hii plays Peter, an “associate” of Fiona’s who definitely has a thing for her.
The Princess Switch 3 Trailer
On Oct. 21, Netflix dropped the official trailer for The Princess Switch 3: Romancing The Star, and it is a lot in all the best ways. While Hudgens will once again play three characters, this time, the ~switch~ (because every film needs a switch, obviously) looks a little different. In order to find out who stole a lost relic, Margaret and Stacy have to take on the identity of outlaw Fiona. This means there will be three blonde, brash, and somewhat bratty Hudgens characters this Christmas, and I for one could not be more thrilled.
The Princess Switch 3 Premiere Date
The Princess Switch 3 is set to be released on Nov. 18, just in time to get you amped for the 2021 holiday season. Until then, both The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch: Switched Again are streaming on Netflix.
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