So, in 2013 a woman called Anna Todd started a story on Wattpad called After. The story was a Harry Styles fan-fiction (don’t judge me) and I loved it. Sat waiting for her to post new chapters and then eventually two sequels!
It was announced that the After series was being published as a proper novel to be sold in book stores. When it was first published there were 15 million copies in circulation. Not only that, it was translated in to more than 30 different languages. Anna became a number one best seller in Italy, France, Germany and Spain with this book series.
The story follows 18-year-old Tessa Young as she starts College (Uni) and meets a whole new bunch of people – including Hardin Scott (Harry Styles’ character). It’s a dramatic romance between the two characters and all the problems they face as a very unlikely couple. Tessa is a polite person who was raised by her very conservative Mother – Carol Young. Hardin is the complete opposite. He’s a rude, unwelcoming guy. The story is kind of cliche, but there are also some twists in there that I really enjoyed when I first read it.
The After book series consists of five books and two spin-offs. The first book is simply called After. Followed by After We Collided, After We Fell then After Ever Happy. The original series on Wattpad had only three books, but the last edition was split in to two books. The last book, Before, is a prequel and a sequel to the After series; it shows what Hardin’s life was like before he met Tessa, and also what happens after After Ever Happy. I would definitely recommend reading that one last, as it’ll have some pretty big spoilers in it.
Most of the main cast has been announced – if not all of them. Playing Hardin Scott is Hero Fiennes-Tiffin. He’s so gorgeous and perfect for the role. He’s basically exactly what I pictured when I read the book. Hero also played young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Look how lush he is, I’m mind-blown!
Tessa Young is being played by Josephine Langford. I don’t know much about her – in fact I hadn’t heard of her before this announcement, but she’s pretty spot-on for the role I think! She is the younger sister of Katherine Langford who played Hannah Baker in the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why.
Carol Young, Tessa’s Mother, is played by Selma Blair. I adore Selma Blair. She was in Cruel Intentions which is one of my most favourite films. She also played Vivian Kensington in Legally Blonde. This will be a good match, I feel, so I’m pretty excited to see how Selma portrays Carol.
Something I really excited about is some of the changes they’ve made to the characters. Landon, who is Tessa’s best friend in the film, was white in the books, but he is now being played by Shane Paul McGhie! I really like this change and I believe Shane is going to be a perfect Landon, they seem so share some personality traits. Along the same line as Landon’s casting is the casting of Tessa’s roommate, Steph. Steph is being played by Khadijha Red Thunder and she looks so, so awesome. I’m so excited for that. Another change to Steph’s character is that she is now gay (which you all know I love already). In the book Steph starts dating a man called Tristan. Tristan is now a woman, and played by Pia Mia which is an interesting choice. Molly, Hardin’s previous ‘love interest’ is being played by Inanna Sarkis; I hadn’t heard of Inanna before the announcement either, but she also seems like the perfect actor to play Molly.
Overall I’m really excited to watch the film which comes out in 2019. Filming started the 16th July this year. From all the pictures the cast share of each other, and of themselves in their characters, this film looks pretty good. So from waiting for chapters to be added to Wattpad, I’ve now got to wait for the release of the film which is crazy!
Here are some pictures of the cast and some set photos:
If you’d like to read the After series then you can find links to the books here (this is the order you should read them in):
Landon’s spin-off duo:
I really hope you check out the books and enjoy them as much as me. Anna Todd got billions of views on them on Wattpad, so she must be doing something right!
If you’d like to follow Anna and the cast to keep up to date then I’ll leave the links to their Instagram accounts below:
Anna Todd, Jospehine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Inanna, Pia Mia, Khadijha, Shane Paul McGhie, Selma Blair. There are also more cast members announced that I haven’t written about here – you can find out more at @aftermovie. You can also follow Anna on Wattpad here.
Thanks for reading!