Netflix releases the trailer for To All the Boys I've Loved Before, the adaptation of Jenny Han's popular contemporary YA novel. Published in 2014, Han's novel follows Korean-American teenager Lara Jean Covey, played in the film adaptation by X-Men: Apocalypse's Lana Condor. In the novel and movie, Lara Jean is forced to confront crushes from her past when the letters she wrote to them - letters that were never meant to see the light of day, let alone be sent to the boys they were addressed to - wind up in the wrong hands. Namely, the hands of the boys Lara Jean loved before.
After debuting in 2014, Han's novel became a New York Times best selling young adult title and the film rights were optioned shortly thereafter by Overbrook Entertainment, the production company of Will Smith and James Lassiter. To All the Boys I've Loved Before filmed in 2017, directed by Susan Johnson from a script by Sofia Alvarez, and the distribution rights were picked up by Netflix earlier this year. Now, Netflix has released the first trailer for the To All the Boys I've Loved Before movie adaptation.
The trailer for To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which can be viewed above, introduces Condor as Lara Jean Covey, a modern teenager with plenty of romantic fantasies, but who likes to blend in with the crowd at her school. However, that all changes when the letters to her former crushes get out - including the ones to popular Peter (Noah Centineo) and boy-next-door Josh (Israel Broussard). The resulting chaos will force Lara Jean to face her fears and "make a move" as the trailer teases.
Also featured in the trailer are members of Lara Jean's family, including her older sister Margot (Janel Parish), younger sister Kitty (Anna Cathcart) and her father Dr. Dan Covey (John Corbett). Fans of the book will know that Lara Jean's mother passed away before the story kicks off, but that relationship - as well as her relationships with her sisters and father - play a key part in her character arc. Though the trailer for Netflix's adaptation plays up the romantic and coming-of-age aspects of Lara Jean's story, it's also one about family, and fans are no doubt hoping more of that will factor into the movie than this trailer indicates.
Still, Netflix is likely riding high on the success of a recent romantic comedy release, with Set It Up (released June 15) receiving largely positive reviews and becoming a hit through word-of-mouth. Since Netflix doesn't release their viewership numbers, it's unclear how successful the movie was in terms of ratings throughout its first week of release, but it's undoubtedly made a splash. Fans of Set It Up have even wondered it if marks the return of the rom-com, a genre that has seen diminished output in recent years. With Netflix also having recently released the YA rom-com The Kissing Booth, the streaming service is quickly filling a niche left neglected by major Hollywood studios with some of their Netflix originals.
Whether To All the Boys I've Loved Before will be as much of a hit as Set It Up or appeal as well to the YA audience as The Kissing Booth remains to be seen. However, with a trailer as strong as the one Netflix released, there's definitely potential for To All the Boys I've Loved Before to garner even more critical and fan acclaim for the streaming service.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before premieres Friday August 17 on Netflix