the devil wears prada sequel
Photography by Getty Images

Gird Your Loins: The Devil Wears Prada Is Getting a Sequel

Here's why the 2006 fashion movie has had such staying power.

There are tough bosses, and then there’s Miranda Priestly. Since The Devil Wears Prada’s 2006 release, the fictional editor of Runway magazine (played by an icy cool Meryl Streep) has become known for her biting condescension, withering stares and advocacy for the colour blue — ahem, cerulean. Needless to say, a peek over the bridge of her trademark sunglasses was enough to make any intern, nay human, quiver in fear.

Almost 20 years after Priestly, the patron saint of horrible bosses, first graced our screens alongside assistants Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) and Emily Charlton (Emily Blunt), the film remains a cult classic. And fans are always asking for more. On July 8, it was announced that a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada is officially in the works at Disney.

According to reports, the sequel will follow Priestly as she struggles in an evolving magazine landscape, finding her up against former assistant Emily who has advertising dollars she needs. Puck reports that both Streep and Blunt will reprise their roles, while it’s unclear if Hathaway will return for the sequel.

This news comes just weeks after first looks at The Devil Wears Prada musical, starring Vanessa Williams as the iconic Priestly, were released. The show is set to open in October of this year in London’s West End with an original score from Elton John (talk about camp!).

The enduring love for this movie actually makes a ton of sense. For many millennials, watching wannabe journalist Andy Sachs (Hathaway) struggle to find herself all whilst donning the hottest new Chanel boots and an ahead-of-its-time blunt fringe was one of the first times we saw a coming-of-age story that wasn’t just about getting the man (no shade to the Disney princesses that came before). In fact, one could argue that Andy’s unsupportive, tantrum-prone boyfriend in The Devil Wears Prada is, in fact, the real villain of the movie. And that has staying power.

Below, we round up all the reasons why — like Andy’s corn chowder stain on her blue poly-blend sweater — The Devil Wears Prada has had some serious staying power.

Tons of iconic trends can be traced back to The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada is — at its core — a fashion movie. While that may seem obvious (it is, after all, a movie about a fashion magazine), it’s truly a fashion movie, using designers and wardrobe to aid in telling Andy’s story as she goes from fashion novice to fashion victim before landing in a more authentic in-between. Who can forget the iconic fashion montage of Andy running through the streets of NYC in a series of designer outfits? No one, that’s who.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by 🥀 (@darknessoftheart)


And while the movie took place firmly in the mid-2000s, many of the trends that Andy et al sported are still popular, or re-emerging as trendy today. Take the return of 2000s librarian glasses. Rocked by Sabrina Carpenter, Bella Hadid and Doja Cat in 2024, these slim-line lenses were first made popular when they popped up on the face of model Gisele Bündchen, who had a cameo as a Runway editor in the movie. With a chic bun and button-down shirt, Bundchen’s character was giving office siren years ahead of the trend.

The same can be said for Andy’s now-famous fringe, with the character leading the way for face-framing bangs as a way to communicate you’re making big changes in your life.

The movie also gave us some straight-up unforgettable outfits. That Chanel boot/tweed jacket combo? Perfection. The black evening gown with a white flower in her hair that Andy wears to the gala? Chef’s kiss. These are looks that we can’t seem to get out of our heads, no matter how much time passes.

The Devil Wears Prada has given us some iconic pop culture moments — and quotes

In addition to A+ fashion, the movie was the birthplace for many a great quote that we still use today. Want to let someone know their suggestion was a bit obvious? Go with, “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.” Need to let your work nemesis know that what you said goes, whip out a: “No, no, that wasn’t a question.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by British Vogue (@britishvogue)

And, of course, there was the cerulean fiasco. In an effort to explain to newbie Andy (and by extension fans) just how trends trickle down via a turquoise-coloured belt, Priestly delivered a verbal takedown and one the of the film’s most recognizable monologues. Who could forget how she tells Andy that while she chose her “lumpy” blue sweater out of a bargain bin to indicate that she doesn’t care about fashion, the idea for the colour would have trickled down through countless designers, collections and editors to end up there. “It’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the very people in this room from a pile of ‘stuff.'” That one still stings.

Time gives fans different perspectives on the film

In short — this film has layers, baby. The mark of a great movie is when it’s something you can turn to again and again, always finding something new. And that is The Devil Wears Prada. Chances are movie lovers have returned to the film over the past 18 years, and their perspectives on the characters have evolved just as filmgoers have. What’s that famous saying? Growing up is realizing that Nate was the real villain of the movie? That’s something 13-year-olds seeing it in 2006 probably didn’t quite get, but the same 31-year-old viewers — with age, wisdom and their own dating histories — can appreciate and understand.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Club Feminism (@clubfeminism)

The same can be said for Priestly herself. While initially presented as a stone-cold dragon lady with no heart, anyone who’s ever felt crushing career pressure, especially as a woman in a male-dominated industry, will understand a lot of what Priestly did (yes, even screwing over her friend Nigel). As Andy says in the movie: “If Miranda were a man no one would notice anything about her except how great she is at her job.” Ain’t that the truth.

You can tell the cast loves The Devil Wears Prada just as much as the fans do

And probably what makes the movie so special is the fact that you can tell Hathaway, Blunt and Streep are as fond of the movie as fans are. In the 18 years since it was released, the cast have appeared together a handful of times and fondly reminisced on their time together. In December of 2023, co-stars and now friends Blunt and Hathaway reunited for a talk about their careers during Variety’s annual “Actors on Actors.” And to say it was a pure delight is the biggest understatement. The pair exude warmth towards each other, making viewers feel like they’re truly watching two friends just catch up. Talking about the first time they met while filming The Devil Wears Prada, Hathaway said of Blunt, “You were shedding stardust…I remember thinking to myself, Emily Blunt is going to be the biggest deal.” In turn, Blunt told Hathaway, “You were like the warmest embrace.” Seriously, cue the tears.

Most recently, Blunt and Hathaway reunited with Streep at the 2024 Screen Actors Guild Awards to present Best Actor in a comedy series. For the moment, the trio gave a nod to their iconic roles, with Blunt and Hathaway (in a cerulean blue dress!) hopping on stage to assist Streep in reading the nominees, reciting some of Priestly’s most recognizable lines back to Streep.

Co-stars that are friends in real life and also still love working together almost two decades later? We’d say that’s a pretty big draw. In the words of Miranda Priestly herself: “That’s all.”

More TV & Movies