The American author’s bestselling 2014 novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is coming to the big screen.
Han made the announcement through a “little love note” on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is going to be a movie!!! Guys, I’m over the moon,” Han said.
X-Men Apocalypse star Lana Condor will play the lead role of Lara Jean Song Covey, a 16-year-old half-Korean, half-Caucasian girl whose love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the secret love letters she wrote are stolen and mailed to every boy she’s ever loved.
With Hollywood’s long history of ‘whitewashing’—casting non-Asians to portray Asian characters—Han believes the movie’s cast is truly groundbreaking. She said it’s been nearly 25 years ago that Asian-American women centered the screen in Joy Luck Club.
“The most important thing for me as the author is seeing an Asian-American girl in the starring role, and with this movie, we get to see not one but THREE,” the author wrote.
Condor, who is a Vietnamese-American actress, will act alongside Chinese-European Janel Parrish (as Margot, Lara Jean’s older sister) and Anna Cathcart.
The Song Sisters! #ToAllTheBoysIveLovedBefore
— To All The Boys (@alltheboysfilm) July 21, 2017
“Representation is so important, and this means the world to me. More than anything, I hope that the success of this movie will lead to more opportunities for Asian-American actors and writers down the line,” Han said.
Avid readers of Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before were quickly hyped with fangirl feels on social media.
— Julie Tao 💚♋️🌿 (@julietao96) July 21, 2017
NOBODY UNDERSTANDS HOW EXCITED I AM TO ACTUALLY WATCH #toalltheboysivelovedbefore ON THE BIG SCREEN WITH LANA CONDOR AS LARA JEAN I AM ALIVE
— cait 🍒 (@caitlynagonz) July 22, 2017
Other actors joining the cast include John Corbett as Lara Jean’s single dad, Noah Centino, Israel Broussard, and social media star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor. The movie will be directed by Susan Johnson whose previous works include 2016 comedy Carrie Pilby.
No details are released yet on when the movie will hit the theaters but production has already started this July in Vancouver.
Jenny Han is the New-York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy and The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy.
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