Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester of college, Tessa’s guarded world opens up when she meets Hardin Scott, a mysterious and brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself — and what she wants out of life.
Initial release: 11 April 2019 (Brazil, Germany) Trending
Director: Jenny Gage
Story by: Anna Todd
Producers: Anna Todd, Meadow Williams, Mark Canton, Jennifer Gibgot, Courtney Solomon, Aron Levitz, Dennis L. Pelino
Screenplay: Anna Todd, Jenny Gage, Susan McMartin, Tamara Chestna
upcoming movies of this year, After. If you’re counting down the seconds until you can see Hessa’s relationship unfold onscreen April 12, feel free to skip the next paragraph and jump right down to the exclusive preview of the infamous lake scene you’ve probably already played a million times over in your imagination.
If you’re not already part of the franchise’s massive fandom, let me fill you in. Based on a Wattpad hit that became a book series, After is inspired by Harry Styles fan fiction. Yes, really. That’s kind of a lot to unpack, so I’ll leave you with this: If you’re into Fifty Shades or Twilight, you’re going to LOVE After.
Those who are already obsessed with Tessa and Hardin’s relationship will likely tell you that they can’t get enough of the explosive chemistry between the two. Our Harry Styles–inspired lead—who is actually not one bit like Harry Styles—has a bad-boy reputation, but his soft side totally comes out around Tessa.
After stans know that the lake scene is one of the most memorable parts of the Hessa timeline.
The first trailer for After dropped way back in November and immediately caused quite a stir. The sultry preview of the One Direction fan-fiction-turned-bestselling-novel’s adaptation wastes no time turning up the heat between strait-laced college student Tessa (Josephine Langford) and the tattooed bad boy, Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin), whom she falls for. Now we have a brand new exclusive clip for you to check out that will give you a better sense of what Tessa’s all about.
In the footage above, she gets ready for a party with her friend, Steph (Khadijha Red Thunder), who isn’t afraid to let her know that the red lace dress she’s chosen is a little, um, formal. But Tessa isn’t about to sacrifice her taste anytime soon.
After is based on writer Anna Todd’s story, which was originally about Harry Styles — yes, that Harry Styles — when it debuted on Wattpad, quickly becoming a phenomenon with millions of passionate readers. Naturally, the name of the male character had to be tweaked (although he still bears the same HS initials), but it seems the core plot remains. Watch the clip above before the film hits theaters on April 12!