Who will play John Ambrose?
Jordan Burtchett played John in the first movie, and although fans really wanted the OG actor to come back to star as John again, Jordan took to Twitter to revealed that he unfortunately hadn’t been cast for the role.
“Thank you all for your messages and your support today,” he wrote. “I haven’t been responding because I’m actually not confirmed yet for the sequel! But I will let you know as soon as I do.”
After he confirmed that he wasn’t coming back to play John, a ton of rumors quickly spread about who Netflix might cast for the role. Fans even thought it might be Dumplin’ star Luke Benward. Now, however, we know that John Ambrose will be played by none other than — wait for it — Jordan Fisher.
Yep! Lana took to Instagram to confirm the news and to congratulate her new costar on snagging the role.
Matt Kaplan, the movie’s producer, revealed to ET how excited he is that Jordan has joined the cast.
“We auditioned thousands and thousands of people,” Matt revealed. “And when Jordan came on screen, I think, unanimously, Ace [Entertainment] and Netflix felt like this was John Ambrose. We were fortunate to have someone who has so much pure likability in him, and I think audiences are going to freak out when they see what he’s been able to bring to the screen.”
But what about Jordan Burtchett? Well, his absence from the flick is something they plan on addressing later on — especially since diehard fans of the first movie are really curious about why they didn’t follow through with their original casting choice.
“Yeah, I think it’ll be a conversation we have when the movie is released,” Matt added. “But ultimately, we’re just happy to have Jordan and feel very fortunate that he’s our John Ambrose.”
And Jordan couldn’t be happier over the role!
“[John’s] dope. He’s the guy you hope [Lara Jean] ends up with in the grand scheme of things, because he just has his head on his shoulders and he’s very together and he’s charming and all of these things. It was a lot of fun to play and I’m excited for people to see it. I think people going are going to like it,” he told ET.
“I jokingly, not jokingly say that John Ambrose is daddy,” Jordan also dished to Entertainment Weekly. “He moves away, loses the stutter, gets a little wiser and a little cooler and comes back as, like, that guy in the corner at a speakeasy with a leather-bound book and horn-rimmed glasses sipping a cocktail.”
And having swoon-worthy Noah play his competitor isn’t easy.
“This guy’s got to compete with not just Peter Kavinsky but Noah Centineo’s Peter Kavinsky,” the actor joked, with the director adding, “John was special to her in the past, and they both still feel like there’s something there. [John] is kind of like the male version of Lara Jean. Everything she loves, he loves.”
The author of the series even revealed to Buzzfeed that Jordan “really steals hearts” in the upcoming flick.
“Fans of the books were waiting for this character, John Ambrose McClaren, this whole time. I think that Jordan is up to the task more than you’d even hope for,” Jenny said. “When I met him, I was dazzled.”
Even though Jordan Fisher wasn’t on our list of personal picks for the role, we’re pleasantly surprised with their decision. The actor is going to make an amazing John Ambrose.