The actress-turned-royal will reportedly star in the singles comedy that has been picked up by Artist Rights Distribution for North America

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February 15, 2019 10:19 PM

Meghan Markle will be back on the big screen!

Years before she tied the knot with Prince Harry and began her royal duties as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was pursuing a career in acting, during which she starred in a film called The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down.

The movie from 2011, which was written and created by Paul Sapiano, follows a group of twenty-something singles — including Meghan’s character Dana — and their “outrageous” night out partying in Los Angeles. Happy Endings alum Adam Pally and New Girl‘s Max Greenfield also star.

Now, nearly eight years after its initial release, the film has been picked up by Artist Rights Distribution for North America, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fans won’t have to wait too long to see a pre-royal Meghan, as the distribution company plans on releasing the comedy later this year, THR said.

[ent-hotlink id="18433" href="https://people.com/tag/meghan-markle/" title="Meghan Markle"] in The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down

Aside from the film, Meghan, 37, is best known for portraying the role of paralegal Rachel Zane on USA’s Suits.

However, after her engagement to Harry, 34, was announced, Meghan — an original cast member of the show since its premiere in June 2011 — confirmed that she would no longer be acting.

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“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” she said in her first joint interview with Harry in November 2017.

“It’s a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on [Suits] for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series,” she explained, adding, “I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team.”

Meghan Markle on Suits
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Though she hasn’t been able to keep up with acting since then, things may change soon for Meghan, who recently announced the new patronages she’ll be supporting in her royal work, including one with the National Theatre.

With her new royal role — handed down from Queen Elizabeth — Meghan could land back in show business, according to leading royal historian Robert Lacey, who believes her patronage of the theater presents fascinating opportunities for the former Suits star.

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It “is a canny and shrewd [assignment] on the Queen’s part,” Lacey, a consultant for the Netflix smash The Crown, told PEOPLE. “If Meghan is ever missing the excitement of acting, this will put her back in touch with show business in a very creative way. It is tailor-made for her and she will throw herself into it.”

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Lacey said he believes the royal mom-to-be might even take an active part at some point: “I can see her getting involved with productions or even directing something.”

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As for her return to acting? “It’s not out of the question that we’d see a member of the royal family performing on the stage of the National Theatre one day,” he said.

The National Theatre is a gritty space on the previously-unfashionable South Bank of the River Thames. “The National Theatre has quite a radical record of tackling the difficult social issues of the moment and for innovating new plays and productions — so that might be an area where she might add her influence,” Lacey added. 

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