If you have been eagerly anticipating new After We Fell content ever since the film’s new trailer was unveiled last month, you’re in for a treat, because we’ve just gotten a new scene from the series’ upcoming third movie.
In the new clip, which was shared to the After movie social channels on August 16, Tessa (Josephine Langford) and Landon (now played by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Chance Perdomo) are seen chatting about Tessa’s imminent move to Seattle to join Vance Publishing.
“Well, have you found a place in Seattle yet?” Landon asks his BFF, before adding, “I’m going to miss you, dude. I’m going to have to start watching the Kardashians to fill the drama in your absence.” (Someone please fill Landon in and tell him KUWTK has already ended.) “Landon, I’m only going to Seattle. You are just a FaceTime away and you can always visit,” Tessa then says.
“Between work and school, you are going to be swamped. You are not going to have time for anything like friends or family and especially not people like…” Landon later adds before our protagonist (aka Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Hardin) butts in. “People like who? Me? Is there something you want to tell me or should I ask Landon? Because he seems to know a hell of a lot more than I do.”
Since After We Fell was announced, and as book readers would know, the third installment in the franchise is going to find Hessa’s relationship in deep water but their love story is already slated to continue in After Ever Happy.
After We Fell will be released on September 30 in the United States. Additional theatrical release dates around the world, some before September 30, had also been previously announced. Watch the new After We Fell clip below:
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“After” Movie Series Adds Hardin Prequel, Next-Generation Sequel: Exclusive
Some exciting news for After movie fans: the young adult franchise is about to get even bigger.
Teen Vogue can exclusively share that two more After films, a prequel and a next-generation sequel, are in the works. That’s in addition to the two movies that have already wrapped filming — After We Fell and After Ever Happy, which continue the tumultuous love story between Tessa (Josephine Langford) and Hardin (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin).
“The After universe just keeps expanding,” director Castille Landon tells Teen Vogue. Landon will write and direct both new films; she joined the series to direct After We Fell and After Ever Happy, following directors Jenny Gage (After) and Roger Kumble (After We Collided). “The fandom, and how excited they are and their input, it really does inspire us all as creators every single day.”
The prequel is loosely based on the After series book Before, which author Anna Todd penned from the perspective of Hardin. But Landon says the movie will be a “larger conversation” tied to what happens in Before, with a more expanded plot. “He’s gone through a lot of trauma in his family life and in his relationships, and [we’ll] see more of that messiness before he meets Tessa, and how that experience changes him,” she says. Since it will feature a younger Hardin, Hero, now 23, will not reprise his role in the film.
The sequel, meanwhile, will follow Tessa and Hardin’s children, Emery and Auden, and their cousin Addy. The three younger characters are discussed in the last pages and epilogue of Todd’s After Ever Happy, and the team behind the forthcoming films sees the continuation of the story as a way to reach the next generation of After fans. While Hardin and Tessa will be in the movies, it will be as supporting characters, and Hero and Josephine won’t reprise those roles.
“Emery, Auden, and Addy are quite beloved by the fans. We’ve all gotten a lot of inquiries about what happens with the kids,” Landon says. “It’s really amazing actually to see how interested the fanbase is in those characters, even though they are really only superficially introduced in the books. People have latched onto them because of their love for Hardin and Tessa.”
Though there isn’t as much source material for the sequel, Landon says the movie will “stay truthful” to what has been established in the franchise. “We kind of carry the sins of our parents forward with us, so while they’re trying to break out of that, I think carrying that forward for the kids is really important,” she says. “[We’re] exploring a lot of the same themes, love and loss and messy relationships. We’ve all been there, and those are universal themes. Making sure these characters are dynamic and not pulling punches is really important, just as it’s important with Hardin and Tessa. And exploring young love without judging it.”
The sequel will also be a chance to update the plot for a world that has changed a lot since the first After book was published in 2014. “As I’m rereading the books to kind of pull it forward into this next generation, there are a lot of things that the first time I read it didn’t quite click because I read them a while ago,” Landon says. “But now as you see shows like Euphoria and Generation, it’s like ‘oh wow, there’s definitely different complexities to deal with as we move forward.’”
It’s still early days for the team working on the next two films, so there isn’t any casting news or release date as of yet. But the films will shoot back to back starting this fall, so it won’t be too much longer before more details emerge. Plus, the next movie in the series, After We Fell, is set for worldwide release in 2021.
It’ll be the first taste of Landon’s vision for the future of the franchise, and she’s bringing her own experiences to it as well. “For me what was really important is getting Tessa’s experience right, from the perspective of a young woman,” she tells Teen Vogue. “I’m not too far removed from that kind of world myself, and I really related to her. Being able to convey that cinematically was important to me, in a way that didn’t feel gratuitous but also felt very very real-world and not glossing over the messiness of what it is to be a young woman in love with — for lack of a better term — a bad boy.”
As for what After We Fell scenes she’s most excited for fans to see, well, they’ve already gotten a taste.
“For me the more emotional scenes are the more exciting scenes to film, because when you sit behind the monitor and you see Hero and Jo turning in these amazing performances, and all of the cast really, it’s exciting. There’s some really great stuff with Hardin’s dad that I didn’t expect to be as poignant as it was, because the actors did such a good job,” Landon says. “The scene they teased with the poster in the gym is absolutely stunning, it’s the perfect mix of sexy and emotional. Your heart pitter-patters and you want to cry at the same time.”