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Sequel to ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ in Development Despite Hathaway’s Doubts

Whether you’re Team Miranda, Team Andy, or Team Emily, fans of the beloved fashion-world dramedy “The Devil Wears Prada” have reason to celebrate. Sources have confirmed to Deadline that a sequel is in early development at Disney. Aline Brosh McKenna, who scripted the original film, has been tapped to write the sequel.

While studio representatives haven’t shared any comments, discussions about the project are flourishing on social media. It remains to be seen which members of the original cast will return. However, in a recent interview with E! News, Anne Hathaway, who starred as Andy Sachs, expressed skepticism about a sequel’s likelihood. Hathaway remarked she didn’t believe “a continuation of that story” would “ever gonna happen.”

Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep during Twentieth Century Fox Premiere of 'The Devil Wears Prada'
© Getty Images – Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep at the premiere of “The Devil Wears Prada” in New York.

David Frankel, the original film’s director, is reportedly in talks to return, and original producer Wendy Finerman is confirmed to be back on board. These early developments suggest that the sequel will aim to recapture the magic that made the first film a worldwide sensation.

Meryl Streep, who gave an iconic performance in the film, told Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour that playing the role was not a challenge but “fun.”

Released in June 2006 by 20th Century Fox before Disney acquired the studio, “The Devil Wears Prada” is based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name. The story follows Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a journalism graduate who lands a job as a junior assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the powerful and demanding editor-in-chief of a high-fashion magazine.

Actors Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, and Anne Hathaway at the premiere of 'Devil Wears Prada'
© Getty Images – Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, and Anne Hathaway at the 63rd Venice Film Festival.

Initially overwhelmed by the high-pressure environment and Miranda’s relentless demands, Andy gradually adapts, gaining confidence and a sense of style. However, as she becomes more immersed in her work, she faces personal challenges, including a strained relationship with her boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier) and ethical dilemmas about the values of the fashion industry.

“The Devil Wears Prada” was both a critical and commercial success, grossing over $326 million worldwide. Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Miranda Priestly earned her a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. The film was also a breakthrough project for Emily Blunt, who played Andy’s colleague Emily Charlton. The star-studded cast included Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, and Adrian Grenier, contributing to the film’s widespread appeal.

John Leguizamo, known for his diverse career across film, television, and theater, recently revealed to Business Insider some insights into roles he almost took but ultimately passed on. One notable role he disclosed turning down was that of Nigel Kipling in “The Devil Wears Prada.” The character, portrayed by Stanley Tucci, was a pivotal figure serving as a mentor to the protagonist, Andy Sachs. Reflecting on this decision, Leguizamo admitted having remorse for turning it down. “Oh yeah. ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ the Stanley Tucci part,” he said when asked if he had regrets.

John Leguizamo reveals he turned down playing Nigel on 'The Devil Wears Prada'
© Getty Images – John Leguizamo reveals he turned down playing Nigel in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.

Although Leguizamo never revealed the exact reasons, this decision may leave some fans wondering what could have been, considering Tucci’s acclaimed performance in the role. It is also viewed as a missed opportunity for increased Latino representation in a major film.

Source: Deadline, E! News, Vogue, Business Insider