In June 2020, news first broke that the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before alum would be set to star in the flick, which has since been picked up by HBO Max. Months later, in April 2021, Deadline reported that the Riverdale star would be joining the cast.
“I’m the last person you want to be trapped on a spacecraft with,” Cole wrote in an Instagram caption when announcing the big news. “The timeless @lanacondor and I are making a movie on mars … or, at least, Atlanta.”
His character hasn’t been announced yet, but Lana will appear as “focused and buttoned-up college student” Sophie in the film. “She is a woman with a plan — or at least, she was before her boyfriend Calvin moved to Mars, and she decided to go after him,” the movie’s summary reads, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
When the flick was first announced, Lana shared her excitement for the film via social media. “I am SO EXCITED for this project!!! I’ve always had a huge fascination w/ space and space travel and I absolutely cannot wait for this adventure!” she shared in June 2020.
“It’s just the two of us, basically in a spaceship together traveling the universe. So, when you’re stuck in a small room with one person, obviously, s–t hits the fan,” Lana told PopSugar in November 2021 of the film. “I cannot wait for people to see it.”
As for working with Cole, the Netflix star said he’s “a wonderful guy and an amazing friend and an incredible actor.” Then added: “It was like hanging out with a friend, but you’re getting paid for it.”
While speaking with Insider in June 2021, Lana chatted about how she plans to apply the lessons learned on the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before set to other projects, like Moonshot.
“I think there’s so much that I learned from ‘To All the Boys’ that I can apply there,” the actress shared, calling the HBO film a “rom-com space adventure.”
Lana added: “I definitely learned quite a bit from the whole To All the Boys experience. I really do think that the Lana before doing those three movies to the Lana after is just kind of completely different.”
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