This upcoming Netflix series—British dramedy The End of the F*ing World—seems like a classic coming of age story. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Boy secretly fakes reciprocation because he actually wants to murder girl. Tale as old as time, you know?
The streaming platform dropped the surprise trailer for the series, which is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Charles S. Forsman, on Monday. Its story revolves around James (Alex Lawther, who you might remember from the excellent Black Mirror episode “Shut Up and Dance”), a teen psychopath who really wants to murder someone. His interest is especially piqued when he meets Alyssa (Jessica Barden, The Lobster), a sardonic, acid-tongued classmate. When Alyssa starts flirting with him, James seizes the moment, pretending to like her back, all while secretly plotting her demise. They soon embark on an ill-advised road trip together—after James punches Alyssa’s dad in the face and steals his car, of course. As their journey continues, James starts to develop feelings—gasp!—for Alyssa, which shoves a truly unfortunate wrench in his murder plans.
The foul-mouthed series promises to be a funny, bloody thrill, potentially filling the gaps left by hit shows on hiatus like the absurdist American Vandal and the grim 13 Reasons Why. The latter was a particularly massive hit for Netflix, resonating with young viewers and, later, stirring up a debate for its controversial approach to depicting suicide. That hasn’t stopped the show’s momentum, however; Netflix is giving it a second season, and leading actress Katherine Langford picked up a Golden Globe nomination as well. The End of the Fing World, with its grim plot and farcical sense of humor, could be the perfect show to fill up the13 Reasons Why*-shaped hole in teen hearts right about now. It premieres Jan. 5.
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Westworld (Season 2)
HBO is once again hoping you’ll ignore the big Game of Thrones-shaped hole in its schedule and turn your attention back to the sci-fi mind game that is Westworld. The Emmy-nominated series, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, is ready to confound you once again in its second season. Until its spring 2018 premiere, take a trip back in time and revisit nine burning questions we still have about the finale.Photo: By John P. Johnson/HBO.
Yara Shahidi takes the lead in this youthful Black-ish spin-off set to air on Freeform starting Jan. 3, 2018. In this series, Zoey is finally off to college, stumbling through cringeworthy rites of passage like embarrassing herself at a frat party and hiding secrets from her parents.Photo: By Eric Liebowitz/Freeform.
’Tis the season to watch a bunch of perfect human specimens fight for tiny gold medallions. This year’s Winter Olympics will kick off on Feb. 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Photo: By Julian Finney/Getty Images.
After breaking out on Master of None and winning a historic Emmy for one of this year’s best TV episodes, Lena Waithe is ready to claim her spot in the prestige-TV realm. Enter The Chi, her Showtime series about young people coming of age in Chicago, set to premiere on Jan. 7.Photo: By Matt Dinerstein/SHOWTIME.
A Wrinkle in Time
The classic Madeleine L’Engle tale is finally coming to the big screen on March 9, 2018, thanks to Disney and director Ava DuVernay. The sci-fi story about a girl tesseracting her way through time to find her missing father will star newcomer Storm Reid alongside stars like Oprah Winfrey,Mindy Kaling,Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine.Photo: By Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
After some catastrophic ups and downs, Han Solo’s origin story will finally be revealed to us on May 25, 2018. The Star Wars spin-off stars Alden Ehrenreich as the galactic smuggler and also features Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke playing a mysterious character named Kira.Photo: From Lucasfilm Ltd./Everett Collection.PreviousNext
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