Vanessa Hudgens Gets Medieval on Romance

Netflix has released a new trailer for The Knight Before Christmas. With Halloween in the rearview mirror, we’re already in full-blown holiday season mode. Stores are starting to set up Christmas displays. Eager lovers of the holiday are already gearing up to set up the tree and, as it pertains to this specifically, we’re going to get a new batch of Christmas movies. This one, in particular, features Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Sucker Punch) and brings with it a medieval spin.

Described as “a cozy holiday romance about learning to let yourself believe in magic again,” the trailer kicks off with Vanessa Hudgens ruminating on the idea of finding a knight in shining armor. A fantasy for many people that is only ever that and not something that one can expect in reality. But things change when she, quite literally, finds a knight in shining armor, who is a man displaces from his own time. So it’s very much a fish out of water tale that also turns into an unlikely love story, all taking place around Christmas.

There are plenty of gags that one would expect from such a scenario, lots of disbelief from others in regards to believing this knight about who he says he is and some hints of drama to come. While this does throw in a twist with the whole holiday love story angle, it does feel like the entire movie is mapped out beat-for-beat in the trailer. Then again, those who enjoy watching something like this probably aren’t in it for a shake-up to the formula. Like any genre that one likes, there is something comforting about familiarity and knowing what you’re getting.

Netflix original The Knight Before Christmas centers on a medieval knight named Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse). After a magical sorceress transports him to modern Ohio during the holiday season, he encounters Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), a clever and kind science teacher who’s become disillusioned by love. Brooke helps Sir Cole make his way through the modern world and helps him discover how to fulfill his mysterious quest, the only thing that can return him home. But as he and Brooke become closer, Sir Cole starts to wonder just how much he wants to return to his old life.

The cast also includes Emmanuelle Chriqui, Harry Jarvis, Mimi Gianopulos and Ella Kenion. Monika Mitchell (The Christmas Contract, Royal New Year’s Eve) is in the director’s chair. The streaming service has dabbled plenty in the past with Netflix holiday movies, perhaps most notably with A Christmas Prince, which was released in 2017 and went on to become a modern favorite. They also scored a big hit with The Christmas Chronicles last year, which stars Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. So it’s not just Hallmark cornering the market anymore. The Knight Before Christmas is set to hit the Netflix streaming service on November 21. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.

<strong><em>The Knight Before Christmas</em></strong> poster
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Vanessa Hudgens Gets Medieval on Romance

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