Several of the major characters in the After series were surprisingly (and perhaps confusingly) recast for After We Fell, and there were a few factors that drove the cast shuffle for the third movie. Though the turbulent teen romance did retain its two lead lovers, complications caused many actors to be unable to participate in not only After We Fell but also its upcoming sequel, After Ever Happy. Unfortunately, their unavailability was outside any one person’s control and will have an impact on the rest of the film series. Here’s why they changed the After We Collided cast.
After We Fell picks up immediately after the events of After We Collided. Publishing intern Tessa Young, played by Josephine Langford, finally gets a chance to connect with her father, who also has an impact on her boyfriend, Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin). Hardin continues to work through the conflicts of his family, his anger, and his relationship with Tessa. With Hardin’s mother’s wedding on the horizon, Hardin and Tessa continue to learn more about the secrets their families hide and who they want to be for each other.
Indirect complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic were responsible for the mass recasting for After We Fell, changing the characters from the After We Collided cast. While the previous films were primarily shot in Atlanta, Georgia, filming for After We Fell took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, unfortunately happening right at the height of the pandemic. As international travel precautions and guidelines had greatly changed, many actors’ ability to be on-site was impeded. Additionally, After We Fell was shot concurrently with its sequel, After Ever Happy. This extended the film shoot’s schedule significantly, causing conflict with some actors’ other projects.
Every Recast Character In After We Fell
In total, five major roles in After We Fell were recast, making serious deviations from the After We Collided cast. Landon Gibson, Hardin’s considerate step-brother, was originally played by Shane Paul McGhie but now is embodied by Chance Perdomo, who audiences will know from his time as one of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s main characters, Ambrose. Candice King was replaced as publishing secretary Kimberly Vance by Arielle Kebbel. The character’s husband, publishing mogul Christian Vance, is now played by Stephen Moyer (who played Bill Compton on True Blood) but was originally portrayed by Charlie Weber. Selma Blair’s role as Carol Young, Tessa’s mother, was taken up by Mira Sorvino, and Karimah Westbrook’s Karen Scott, Hardin’s mother, is now played by Frances Turner.
The New Cast Aren’t Confirmed to Return in The 5th Movie
Despite most of the main After We Collided cast being recast for After We Fell, the movie was well-received enough to warrant the announcement of a fifth movie that has already wrapped on filming. The fifth movie of the After franchise, After Everything, was confirmed via Instagram by Hero Fiennes Tiffin in August 2022. Not only are these confirmed, but there are reportedly two spinoffs commissioned that will follow other characters in the series. So far, the only confirmed returning cast members for After Everything are the two leads, played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin (who also played young Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series) and Josephine Langford. Other than that, the cast of the next movie — and the spinoff series — are completely unknown.
Since the major recast for After We Fell produced pretty decent results, it’s likely that the next film could see a recast or two. The days of COVID-19 production delays and problems are winding to a close, so it’s possible that the recast members will stay on as they did for After Ever Happy. While it’s unfortunate that many of the series’ actors were unable to return for After We Fell, the new cast retains much of the spirit of the previous films. Tessa and Hardin’s whirlwind romance manages to continue with the same infectious spark, and the cast handles the darkness inherent to their love more dramatically than ever. Hopefully returning for After Everything, the new cast of After We Fell is just what the After series needed.