Netflix has unveiled a first look at “XO, Kitty,” a “To All the Boys” spin-off that travels across nations for love.
“XO, Kitty” stars Anna Cathcart as 16-year-old Kitty Song Covey, the matchmaker for her older sister Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centino) in the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy.
Set four years after viewers’ last encounter with the young sister, the spotlight has now moved to Kitty and her personal journey with love.
In pursuit of her four-year long-distance relationship with Dae (Minyeong Choi), Kitty decides to attend her mother’s previous boarding school, Korean Independent School of Seoul. “This is fate,” Kitty excitedly states upon discovering Dae also attends the school.
Taking the jump from Portland, Oregon, to Seoul, Korea, love guru Kitty faces new challenges and risks that has her doubting her simplistic take on relationships.
“‘XO, Kitty’ really is Kitty’s story and that’s a part of the reason why I really wanted to set this story in a different place,” creator, co-showrunner and author Junny Han explained to Tudum. “XO, Kitty” is Kitty’s journey and “its own thing,.” according to Han.
Han described the YA romantic comedy as an opportunity for Kitty to “really explore her inner self and to offer that peek into what she’s thinking.” While audiences previously fell in love with Lara Jean, “XO, Kitty” transitions viewers from that comfortable space into the larger universe of the franchise.
“She’s stepping into the fore,” co-showrunner Sascha Rothchild stated. “[She’s] picking up the baton from Lara Jean.”
Directed by Jennifer Arnold, Jeff Chan, Pamela Romanowsky and Katina Medina Mora, Covey and Choi are joined by cast members Gia Kim (Yuri), Snag Heon Lee (Min Ho), Anthony Keyvan (Q) and Peter Thurmwald (Alex).
“XO, Kitty” will premiere globally May 18 exclusively on Netflix.