Good news for teen romcom fans: There is plenty more kissing to come.
The cast members of “The Kissing Booth 2” – which is currently the No. 1 Netflix movie in the U.S. – announced Sunday during a fan event that there will be a third installment and it’s already been filmed. “The Kissing Booth 3” is slated for 2021.
“The Kissing Booth 2” viewers likely anticipated another movie, since the sequel that premiered on Friday ends on a cliffhanger (spoiler ahead): Protagonist Elle (Joey King) learns that she’s been accepted to both Berkeley (the school her best friend, Lee, wants to go to) and Harvard (the college her long-distance boyfriend, Noah, currently attends). The movie ends before she makes a decision on college.
King, also an executive producer on “Kissing Booth 2” “3,” shared a video announcing the third film on her Instagram. It shows Lee (Joel Courtney) sharing the news of another “Kissing Booth” movie via text message.
Her caption for the announcement: “I couldn’t be happier!!!! Should Elle go to Berkeley or Harvard????????”
The clip shows all of the lead characters returning, including hot new guy (and potential love interest for Elle) Marco, played by Taylor Zakhar Perez. Although he was a relatively unknown actor before the sequel premiered, Zakhar Perez’s Instagram has already ballooned to nearly 2 million followers.
“The Kissing Booth” social accounts shared a clip from the forthcoming film, which features Elle and Lee with their significant others, Noah (Jacob Elordi) and Rachel (Meganne Young), all hanging out poolside. Elle ignores an incoming call from the “Harvard Admissions office” and decides to go off with Noah, who’s going to “read me poetry,” as she calls it.
“‘Noah reading poetry’ is the new Netflix and chill,” joked Beth Reekles, the author of the “Kissing Booth” books, in an Instagram comment.
The first Netflix movie was inspired by Reekles’ story of the same name, which she originally wrote as a teenager on the social storytelling site Wattpad. The second movie differs significantly from the writer’s “The Kissing Booth 2,” which includes a dorky character named Levi instead of the more suave Marco. Reekles also has “Kissing Booth” books called “The Beach House” and “Road Trip!”
According to Netflix, “The Kissing Booth 3” will be set the summer before Elle heads to college and will also be based on “Kissing Booth” books. Vince Marcello returns as writer/director/producer.
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