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If you’re not already in love with Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi and Riverdale’s Charles Melton, you’re about to fall. Hard. The pair play teens who find love over the course of a day in the new adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s book, The Sun Is Also A Star.
Yara stars as Natasha Kingsley, a Jamaican-born New Yorker who is being deported along with her family in a storyline that is sadly very relatable for many Americans in 2019. Melton plays Daniel Bae, a college student with a very appropriate last name for his hunkiness. After a meet-cute that includes Daniel saving Natasha from being hit by a car, he convinces her to give him 24 hours to make her fall in love with him. Spoiler, she does.
There’s poetry, there’s a trip to the planetarium, there’s a heavy amount of flirting, and a there’s very awkward but endearing trip to the karaoke bar. We’ll save you the trouble of looking it up and include a link to “Crimson and Clover“, because you’re going to want to listen to it all day after watching the trailer for The Sun Is Also A Star.
Yoon has already made us swoon (that worked nicely) with the adaptation of her book Everything, Everything, which starred Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.
While many fans are excited for the upcoming adaptation of the YA novel, which acts as one of the first films in the genre to have two lead actors of colour, social media has been divided over the casting, noting that Shahidi is an African-Iranian actor playing a Jamaican character and Melton is Korean, Cherokee, and European, while his character Daniel is Korean. It’s not Aloha-bad, but it’s still important to continue moving towards a Hollywood that casts actors of all backgrounds in lead roles.
The Sun Is Also A Star hits theatres on May 17.