In 2018, audiences watched Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky fall in love through a fake relationship in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. According to Bustle, the movie was one of the most rewatched movies on Netflix that year.
On Wednesday, the streaming service dropped the final trailer for To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. The highly anticipated sequel finds Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) dating once again – but this time, for real.
Navigating a new relationship with Peter isn’t easy, and to make matters more confusing, John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), a recipient of one of Lara Jean’s past love letters, has suddenly reappeared in her life.
Lara Jean turns to her sisters (Anna Cathcart, Janel Parrish), her friend Chris (Madeleine Arthur) and the unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), as she grapples with feelings for both boys.
The character of John Ambrose appeared in a short after-credits scene in the first film and was portrayed by White actor Jordan Burtchett. Teen Vogue reports that the production team behind To All The Boys made a color-blind casting call when seeking a new talent to play the role in the sequel.
For her part, Condor told Teen Vogue that she wanted a person of color to play John Ambrose out of desire for “our diverse film to be even more diverse.”
“(I wasn’t like), ‘I’m only going to read with people of color or no one at all,’” Condor said. “I just really wanted the world to see a world of To All the Boys that looks like the one that you see every day.”
The half Korean character of Lara Jean has been praised for its representation through details like the fact that she drinks Yakult and wears hanbok to certain family gatherings.
Condor added that she also felt emotional while filming a “Cinderella moment” in To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You because she hadn’t seen very many Asian women have that classic scene where they got to walk downstairs in a dress to stunned admiration.
“I feel proud to use my voice and continue to tell people that the Asian American experience is not one experience alone,” Condor said to Teen Vogue. “It’s something that I don’t plan on ever stopping. Making TV and movies is awesome, but if you have a purpose behind it, it’s even better.”
To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You will be available to stream on Netflix on Feb. 12. The film is based on the bestselling books by Jenny Han and was directed by Michael Fimognari, produced by Matt Kaplan and written by Sofia Alvarez and J. Mills Goodloe.
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