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Anna Todd’s ‘After’ Movie Loses Its Tessa, Role Recast


Julia Goldani Telles, pictured before Chanel’s 13th Métiers d’Art show on Dec. 6, 2016 in Paris, is no longer part of the “After” movie. Photo: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

By Rachael Ellenbogen, International Business Times

After years of waiting, fans of Anna Todd’s “After” book series learned in May who had been cast for the roles of Tessa and Hardin in the upcoming movie adaptation. Unfortunately, with just a little over a week to go until filming begins, only one of those actors, Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Hardin Scott), is still part of the production.

[post_ads]Julia Goldani Telles, who was set to portray innocent Tessa Young in the romance flick, revealed in an Instagram post late Thursday night that she’s had to drop out of the film due to “scheduling issues.” Her caption was short, simply “#aftermovie,” but the photo itself was of a handwritten note explaining the situation.

“To the dear ‘After’ fans, I’m so moved by all the support you’ve given me on this journey,” Telles wrote. “Thank you. I’m very disappointed to share that scheduling issues have arisen + I will no longer be able to play the role of ‘Tessa.’ I will be right there with all of you, excitedly awaiting the movie. Love always, Julia.”

Once the shock of Telles’ departure began to sink in, fans started to wonder if this would delay the start of filming, which is set to begin July 16 in Atlanta. Everyone can rest easy, though, because Todd assured fans on Twitter that there will be “no delay.”

Early on Friday, Todd uploaded an Instagram photo of a house in Atlanta and asked fans to guess whose home it is, before revealing that it’s going to be used as Tessa’s childhood home.

“Tessa’s house is almost exactly what I pictured,” Todd wrote. “I’m leaving on Sunday for Atlanta for the movie and I don’t even know how to process it lol. I’m so grateful to have you all on this journey with me.”

As the caption continued, she turned the topic toward Telles. “As you may have heard, Julia will no longer be playing the role of Tessa,” Todd wrote. “As sad as I am to see her go, I’m also so excited to share Tessa with you and the rest of the cast over the next few weeks!”

While Todd didn’t reveal who the new Tessa is, producer Jennifer Gibgot did share that “the new Tessa is already in Atlanta in rehearsals with Hero,” according to an Instagram comment she posted, which was also shared on the “After” movie’s Instagram Story on Friday. This means that the new actress has already been found and also confirms that Tiffin is still set to play Hardin.

So, who is this mystery actress? Just like before the original cast was announced, fans are already back to campaigning for their favorite stars to take on the role. That said, one name is starting to seem more likely than others--Josephine Langford.
Anna Todd wrote the bestselling “After” series, and the first book is currently being turned into a movie. Photo: Valorie Darling

If the actress sounds familiar, it’s either because you’ve seen her in 2017’s “Wish Upon” or the TV show “Wolf Creek.” Or, perhaps, it’s because you recognize her last name, which also belongs to her sister, Katherine Langford, who made a major name for herself as Hannah Baker in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.”
Not only is Josephine about 20 years old, which is the right age for the role, but, more importantly, the major players of “After” all follow her on Instagram.  The actress hasn’t posted on the social platform since June 20, though she was recently followed by director Jenny Gage, producer Gibgot and, just yesterday, by Todd.

International Business Times has reached out to Todd and Josephine for comment.

While no official word on Telles’ replacement has been made, rehearsals are already underway. Todd’s set to arrive in Atlanta on Sunday, and filming will begin on July 16. With Gibgot recently writing on Instagram that casting announcements for the movie will be shared prior to the start of filming, that means, no matter what, fans only have less than two weeks until they know the full cast of the “After” movie.


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