Netflix Teases New Clips of “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” Spin-off, “XO Kitty”

Lara Jean’s little sister, Kitty, is having her own dramedy Netflix series!

It has been two years since Netflix announced the possible spin-off production of its original series, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” While it took the streaming platform a little longer than expected, as promised, the ten-episode franchise “XO Kitty” is finally arriving this May 18, 2023.

As part of the promotion, Netflix recently teased fans with the first look clip of “XO Kitty”—a two-minute YouTube video that gives a backgrounder of what to expect from the series. The first season is reported to have 10 episodes with a runtime of 30 minutes each. 

XO Kitty
XO Kitty characters: Anna Cathcart as “Kitty” and Minyeong Choi as “Dae”
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Anna Cathcart has again filled in the character of “Kitty” just the same as Minyeong Choi’s reprisal of his role as Cathcart’s love interest. Sarayu Blue returns as Kitty’s stepmother, Trina, while John Corbett retakes the role of Dan Covey, Kitty’s dad. 

Four directors are on board to ferry the series from start to finish: Jennifer Arnold, Jeff Chan, Pamela Romanowsky, and Katina Medina. 

Jenny Han, the author of the book from which the series was adapted, teams up with Sascha Matt Rothchild to produce the series. As one of the showrunners, Han has also immersed herself by co-writing the pilot episode with fellow author, Siobhan Vivian.

Han assures that “XO Kitty” is a franchise that can stand on its own. Though widely considered a spin-off, viewers can go right into it without watching “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

In an interview with Netflix’s Tudum, she says, “XO Kitty is definitely its own thing. You could enter into this story just starting with ‘XO Kitty,’ and be on Kitty’s journey as if you’re meeting her for the first time.”

From Lara Jean to Kitty’s POV 

XO Kitty

“XO Kitty” follows Kitty’s own adventure in pursuit of love and happiness. After sending out her sister’s unsent love letters to their recipients in “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” all the spotlights point at her as she then embarks on a journey from Portland, Oregon to Seoul, Korea.   

As narrated in the trailer, she wants to study at the same university her mom went to and, ultimately, be with her long-time boyfriend who goes to the same school. 

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Are We Getting Another Lara Jean and Peter Moment?

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” lead cast members, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, are not included in the franchise. The reason behind this is Han’s discretion to give Kitty’s character the spotlight she rightfully deserves. 

She shares, “We all fell so deeply in love with Lara Jean and her story. So, it felt like the greatest gift to give to Kitty was to let her as a character kind of set off on her own two feet and not put her in the shadow of either of her sisters.”

Nonetheless, Han and Rothchild promise a more dignified and substantial angle of Kitty’s character. From the way she explores her inner self and how this is presented throughout the story, “XO Kitty” truly sets up insightful reflections on decision-making and risk-taking.

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