Purple Hearts 2: Everything we’ve heard about a possible sequel

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The romantic drama film Purple Hearts premiered on Netflix in July 2022, and people wasted no time streaming it to see what it was all about. For the people who’ve watched it and made it one of the most popular Netflix movies of all time, you’re probably wondering if there will be a sequel.

Unfortunately, Netflix has not ordered a sequel to the successful movie, but that hasn’t stopped fans from expressing their desire for one. Likewise, the leading cast members and the film’s director have also fielded questions on the likelihood of a sequel. We’re sharing everything we have heard from the cast and creative team about a potential Purple Hearts 2.

Of course, Purple Hearts is a Netflix original movie helmed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum from a script co-written by Kyle Jarrow and Liz Garcia. It’s based on the 2017 book of the same name by Tess Wakefield and tells the story of an aspiring singer and a troubled U.S. Marine who agree to a marriage of convenience for military benefits. But when an unexpected tragedy strikes and the soldier is sent home earlier than expected, what was supposed to be a fake marriage starts to turn into a real one.

Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine star in the leading roles as Cassie and Luke. The rest of the cast includes Chosen Jacobs, John Harlan Kim, Anthony Ippolito, Kat Cunning, Sarah Rich, Scott Deckert, and Linden Ashby. Below, you’ll find all there is to know about a potential Purple Hearts 2 . The latest update was on Wednesday, Nov. 15 .

Purple Hearts 2 still hasn’t been confirmed

As of November 2023, Netflix has not indicated that a sequel is in the works. The chances of there being a Purple Hearts 2 are slim to none. The romantic drama wraps up pretty neatly, with Cassie and Luke ending up together. So, a continuation of the story seems unnecessary.

However, if there were to be a sequel, it could follow Cassie and Luke’s life as an actual married couple. Maybe they could even have kids. Like any married couple, problems will arise. Remember, Luke was kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps after being charged with fraud. This could cause some problems in their relationship with Luke having a hard time finding a job. Then, there’s Cassie’s singing career taking off. This means she’ll be on different tours and never really at home. This could also cause some tension in their relationship.

Even though there is interested and demand from fans for a sequel, it feels rather unlikely that one will actually be pursued. Time is always of the essence for these kinds of sequels. It’s true that you can never say never, but the more time the elapses, the busier the cast gets and the further interest ultimately declines from the public. Netflix would have to weigh the pros and cons of taking the risk on opening Purple Hearts back up for another round.

Following the release of Galitzine’s movie Red, White & Royal Blue in August 2023, the demand for a sequel to that hit movie seems to have far outweighed that of the Netflix romantic drama. As Galitzine’s star continues to rise, so will the roles he takes on. As always, you can never predict what will happen when it comes to sequels, but it feels like one movie has a better chance than the other.

Now that both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes have ended, we’ll surely be receiving more updates on what each streamer and studio will be putting into development. Fingers crossed there’s some good news in the future on the sequel front!

Sofia Carson is open to a Purple Hearts sequel

In an August 2022 interview with Variety , Carson and Rosenbaum spoke about making the movie, casting Galitzine as Luke, and (of course!) the fan demand for a sequel. As mentioned, the love story seemingly has an end in the movie, but fans couldn’t get enough of Cassie and Luke.

Thankfully, Carson seems to agree with them. She told Variety:

'Now fans have kind of been demanding a sequel and there’s so many fan theories and fan stories and potential spinoffs, so of course it’s lovely to think of a life for Cassie and Luke beyond this film. I adore being Cassie and I’d be curious to see where it goes. Who knows. You never know!'

Rosenbaum echoed Carson’s sentiments, and Variety teased that there had been conversations about continuing the story in a sequel, though nothing official. Here’s what the director shared with Variety:

'I mean, I could watch the two of them and their chemistry all day. And they’re just great people to work with, so I definitely won’t rule it out. We wouldn’t do anything unless we really, really loved it, because we want to stay true to the integrity. We haven’t landed on anything specific yet. It’s always a possibility.'

Galitzine also reacted to the success of the film and the fan reaction regarding the desire for another movie. Here’s what the actor said to People in August 2022:

'We’ll see what happens, for sure. Even privately we joke about what would happen and how to possibly continue the story, because the script would have to be good. It would have to make sense. It would have to work. There are many different ways it could go, and we’ll wait and see if it’s the right story. But it’s very cool to see people asking for a second one.'

Nicholas Galitzine addresses sequel interest

While chatting with Marc Malkin on the Just for Variety podcast during Red, White & Royal Blue promotion (the interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike but released during), Galitzine fielded a question about a potential sequel to Purple Hearts .

Seeing as nothing has been made official beyond fan chatter and interest, Galitzine was careful not to stoke any hype about a sequel but did comment on the fan interest surrounding one. He mentioned the ongoing strikes that are putting a pause on most film and television projects, making sure not to say anything out of turn.

Here’s what Galitzine told Malkin:

'I try and let nature kind of take its course with these projects. If there’s people clamoring for it, it’s obviously something I’ll always consider, and I think really for now, I’ve just been blown away by the incredible filmmakers and actors and writers and producers I’ve been able to connect with.'

The actor went on to expand on that sentiment, expressing his gratitude for the work he’s been able to accomplish and the growth that comes as an actor with each role. However, he did end his answer with this: We’ll see what happens. We all remain quietly optimistic.

Unfortunately for fans, Netflix hasn’t put a sequel in development, but as Carson said, you never know. The film’s leads have been keeping busy, as Carson performed at the Oscars in 2023, won an MTV Movie & TV Award for Come Back Home from Purple Hearts, and will next be seen in Netflix’s Carry-On . Galitzine stars in the huge hit film adaptation of Red, White & Royal Blue and Bottoms, and will next be seen in The Idea of You with Anne Hathaway and the Sky/Starz series Mary & George .

If a sequel does arise in the future, there are so many ideas for a Purple Hearts 2 should Netflix choose to give the go-ahead. We’ll just have to wait and see what Netflix decides. For now, expect Purple Hearts to be a one-and-done type of movie.

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The romantic drama film Purple Hearts premiered on Netflix in July 2022 to much fanfare and viewership. Starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine as a troubled Marine and aspiring singer who enter into a marriage of convenience, the movie quickly shot up the Netflix charts and captured the hearts of countless subscribers.

As tends to happen with successful films, fans began clamoring for a sequel almost immediately. And while neither Netflix nor the creative team have confirmed plans for a follow-up, the potential is certainly there. Below, we break down everything we know so far about a possible Purple Hearts 2 .

Where Could the Story Go in a Sequel?

The first film wrapped up Cassie and Luke's narrative pretty neatly - after surviving a near-fatal bombing, the pair realize their fake marriage has turned into real love and decide to make things work. A sequel could explore their attempts to build a life together after leaving the military, potentially focusing on challenges like:

  • Luke struggling to adjust to civilian life and find purpose after his discharge
  • Cassie balancing her singing career taking off with being there for Luke
  • Frictions emerging as the fantasy gives way to reality in their marriage
  • Starting a family and figuring out what kind of parents they want to be

There's certainly no shortage of story avenues left to travel with these characters. It's simply a matter of whether the creative team feels there are more tales worth telling.

Have Any of the Cast or Crew Commented?

In an August 2022 Variety interview , star Sofia Carson expressed openness to reprising her role as Cassie, saying:

'Now fans have kind of been demanding a sequel and there’s so many fan theories and fan stories and potential spinoffs, so of course it’s lovely to think of a life for Cassie and Luke beyond this film. I adore being Cassie and I’d be curious to see where it goes. Who knows. You never know!'

Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum echoed this sentiment, telling Variety:

'I mean, I could watch the two of them and their chemistry all day. And they’re just great people to work with, so I definitely won’t rule it out. We wouldn’t do anything unless we really, really loved it, because we want to stay true to the integrity. We haven’t landed on anything specific yet. It’s always a possibility.'

Meanwhile, Nicholas Galitzine said this to People Magazine:

'We’ll see what happens, for sure. Even privately we joke about what would happen and how to possibly continue the story, because the script would have to be good. It would have to make sense. It would have to work. There are many different ways it could go, and we’ll wait and see if it’s the right story. But it’s very cool to see people asking for a second one.'

So in summary - the stars seem game to revisit these characters, but only if the creative team can crack a script they feel passionately about.

What's Standing in the Way?

During recent press for another hit romantic film, Red, White & Royal Blue , Galitzine touched on some of the practical hurdles facing a potential Purple Hearts follow-up. Speaking on the Just for Variety podcast, he noted:

'I try and let nature kind of take its course with these projects. If there’s people clamoring for it, it’s obviously something I’ll always consider.'

However, he went on to cite industry events like the WGA and SAG strikes as disruptors to moving forward too hastily. So while the stars seem open to revisiting their characters, they want to be thoughtful about finding the right creative approach first.

The Waiting Game

For now, fans eager for a return trip with Cassie and Luke will have to practice patience. With Carson and Galitzine's rising profiles, packed schedules may make it harder to coordinate a sequel. And Netflix will likely want to see sustained demand before greenlighting a follow-up to a film that already ended satisfactorily.

But in Hollywood, you can never say never. All it takes is the right confluence of script, talent availability, and financing. Purple Hearts lovers may just get their wish...eventually.

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The runaway success of the romantic drama Purple Hearts on Netflix took everyone by surprise when it premiered last July. The story of a troubled Marine and an aspiring singer who enter a marriage of convenience, only to fall in love for real, resonated with subscribers in a big way.

It rocketed up the streaming charts and continues racking up major viewership numbers. So it's only natural that fans would want more of leads Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine as Cassie and Luke.

What Could a Sequel Explore?

The first film wrapped with Cassie and Luke together, with their pretend marriage transforming into the real thing after a terrifying near-death experience forced them to confront their feelings. A sequel could look at the challenges of turning that romantic vision into day-to-day reality as a married couple.

Potential story avenues include:

  • Luke dealing with PTSD and difficulty adjusting to civilian life.
  • Strains developing between Luke and Cassie around her singing career taking off just as he loses direction.
  • Starting a family together - either accidentally or intentionally.
  • Luke struggling to find a new purpose and identity.
  • The re-emergence of Cassie's disapproving father.

Of course, sequels always involve the risk of diminishing returns. But creatively speaking, there are still unexplored dimensions for these characters that could fuel an intriguing next chapter.

Have Carson or Galitzine Weighed In?

In a 2022 Variety interview, Carson expressed openness to revisiting Cassie, noting: “Who knows? You never know!”

Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum agreed there is long-term potential, saying: “I can watch the two of them and their chemistry all day...it's always a possibility.”

Meanwhile, Galitzine acknowledged fan enthusiasm for a follow-up, telling People Magazine: “It's very cool to see people asking for a second one.” He also shared that they joke privately about sequel ideas.

So there seems to be interest in more storytelling are with these characters down the road. But a lot depends on timing and whether a script comes together in a satisfying way.

What Factors Make a Sequel Uncertain?

While promoting the hit romance Red, White & Royal Blue , Galitzine cited issues like Hollywood strikes as obstacles to reassembling talent quickly. His rising star also means a busy schedule going forward.

There's also the risk of dulling audience appetite and overstaying one's welcome. The first Purple Hearts film ended on a definitive high note. Trying to manufacture more conflict could feel forced or redundant.

Streamers like Netflix also tend to be very metrics-driven. If data doesn't show sustained viewer demand for a sequel over time, they may not pull the trigger regardless of talent enthusiasm.

The Waiting Game

Fans clamoring for Cassie and Luke's further romantic adventures will likely need patience here. While another chapter isn't out of the question down the road, stars aligning again in the near term seems unlikely.

But as Sofia Carson said, you never know in Hollywood. A killer script popping up that re-ignites passion for the material could force Netflix's hand. We'll have to wait and see if the ongoing interest is enough to warrant stepping back into this world.

For now, the door feels cracked open but not fully swung wide when it comes to Purple Hearts 2 . Fingers crossed fans get the sequel they crave eventually!

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Last summer, the romantic drama Purple Hearts exceeded all expectations by capturing subscribers' hearts and dominating the Netflix charts for weeks. The bittersweet story of a troubled Marine and an aspiring singer who wed for benefits before finding love showed incredible staying power.

So it's only natural that fans would start asking the inevitable sequel question. Below we analyze the possibilities and challenges facing a potential Purple Hearts 2 .

Appetite for More?

While the first film tied a neat bow, there's probably still viewer appetite to revisit these characters. A sequel could explore Cassie and Luke navigating the realities of married life after the initial honeymoon phase.

Potential directions include Cassie's music career taking off just as Luke spirals due to PTSD. Or the discovery of an unexpected pregnancy forcing them to figure out parenthood.

There are avenues left to mine that wouldn't just feel like repetition. But lightning rarely strikes the same place twice. And a follow-up risks eroding goodwill if perceived as an unnecessary cash-grab.

What Have the Stars Said?

For her part, Sofia Carson has expressed enthusiastic openness to playing Cassie again, telling Variety: “Who knows? You never know!” She enjoys the character and is curious to see more.

Nicholas Galitzine acknowledges fan feedback requesting a sequel. But he notes these things take time to come together organically.

'If there’s people clamoring for it, it’s obviously something I’ll always consider,' he told Variety. 'But I try and let nature take its course.'

Behind the Scenes Complications

However, Galitzine also cited industry events like strikes as disruptors to sequels mobilizing quickly. And cast schedules only get more crowded over time.

Netflix also likes to see sustained viewership interest rather than just initial launch spike fervor. Without proof of lasting subscriber passion, they may not pull the trigger.

So while the creative possibilities intrigue Carson and Galitzine, logistical issues exist too.

Tempered Expectations

Like most streamer breakout hits, the question of a sequel hangs heavy over Purple Hearts . But fans may need to temper hopes for Part 2 - at least in the short term.

There are still meaty narrative avenues left to explore. And the cast seems game to return if the stars align. But recapturing lightning is difficult. For now, it seems safest to appreciate the grace of this film's surprise runaway success as a possibly unrepeatable phenomenon.

Stay glued to Netflix Life though for any sequel updates!