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Kiernan Shipka to lead Netflix Christmas movie ‘Let It Snow’
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Kiernan Shipka to lead Netflix Christmas movie ‘Let It Snow’

Let It Snow is an upcoming American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Luke Snellin which is based on the New York Times bestselling novel penned by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. If you haven’t read the book, it’s pretty much a couple of holiday romances in one, which begins after a terrible snowstorm buries the residents of Gracetown under a whole heap of snow on Christmas Eve. The film will be available for streaming on November 8, exclusively on Netflix.

The film adaptation will star Isabela Moner (Instant Family), Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse), Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Odeya Rush (Lady Bird), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming)Miles Robbins (Halloween), Mitchell Hope (Descendants), Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet), Anna Akana (You Get Me) and Joan Cusack (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

As we have already mentioned that the film is based on a novel of the same name which is a compilation of three short stories. Each story follows a different teenage stuck in Gracetown, North Carolina in a big snowstorm. The first story, “The Jubilee Express” from Mauren Johnson follows a young girl named Jubilee, whose train breaks down in Gracetown while she’s en route to visit her grandparents in Florida. Jubilee is upset that she’s being forced to spend the holiday away from her boyfriend (who hasn’t called, by the way), which she is doing because her parents were arrested for a ridiculous protest. But things start to look up when she meets a nice boy named Stuart who invites her into her to stay with his parents while she waits out the storm.

The second story from John Green, “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,” follows a boy named Tobin and his two friends, the Duke and JP. (It’s not a John Green novel unless the BFFs have weird nicknames.) While on their way to a Waffle House, where there are supposedly cheerleaders hanging out, the three get into a car crash. Much teen angst ensues, but eventually, everyone ends up in the right romantic relationship.

The third story from Lauren Myracle, “The Patron Saint of Pigs,” follows a girl named Addie, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend, Jeb. (We also meet at the Waffle House in the previous story.) When Addie’s friends tell her that the break-up was her own selfish fault, Addie offers to pick up her friend’s teacup pig as a favor, to prove she cares about others. Unfortunately, she forgets, and the pig is adopted to someone else. Now Addie must track down the new pig owner, and on the way, she runs into the couples from the previous two stories. It all comes together, and everyone’s happy in the end.

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This movie looks pretty cute, to be honest. If Netflix is going to churn out cheesy Christmas movies akin to those seen on the Hallmark Channel, why not angle one towards a YA audience using existing source material? Jacob Batalon is a standout, but I also just really love the whole wintry vibe of the aesthetic on display. I expect this will be on heavy rotation for many this holiday season.

Netflix has published a trailer on October 22 along with a short description of the series, “When a snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors finds their friendships and love lives unexpectedly colliding.” Check out the trailer above.

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