2018 might have been the year of the Rom-Com revival. Unlike the nineties rom-coms (think Julia Roberts–always Julia Roberts), Netflix’s takes on the genre were more light-hearted. Concentrating on a younger generation–the problematic woes of teenage love—Netflix brought us To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
While this film was just one of several rom-coms that Netflix showcased in 2018, it also brought forth Noah Centineo…the Richard Gere or John Cusack of the 2010s? Noah Centineo served as a romantic double for Lana Condor’s Lara Jean in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Now, at the end of 2018, we were left with the promise of a sequel. Currently, there’s no word on if the sequel would follow the second book in Jenny Han’s series. The second book is entitled P.S. I Still Love You, and while we do know Lana Condor and Noah Centineo will be returning, there are still some questions to be figured out.
In the first film, with all of its teenage awkwardness (aren’t many of us glad those years are behind us?), Lara Jean, an Asian-American high schooler, struggles with her hidden romantic feelings for her older sister’s ex-boyfriend. In the midst of her fear and wallflower-ish tendencies, her younger sister mails out five handwritten letters that Lara Jean wrote to her crushes in secret.
With her secrets now exposed, and her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh (Israel Broussard), aware of her feelings, Lara Jean enters into a fake relationship contract with Peter (Centineo) to make Josh jealous. Pretending to be a couple, the two obviously fall in love by the end of the movie.
Then, enter, John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Burtchett). Arriving with letter in hand outside Lara Jean’s house, John’s character potentially offers a new narrative for a film sequel.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Centineo says, “I think Pet could be more vulnerable and jealous…He’s not a super evolved person, so there’s always more to explore and develop.”
Centineo is also down for some healthy competition when it comes to winning Lara Jean’s heart.
In defense of Lara Jean, Condor said that she’d like for Lara Jean’s confidence to be further developed and have her learn to stand up for herself more.
I guess we will have to wait and see what Netflix makes happen.
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