Kiernan Shipka, Odeya Rush to Star in Netflix John Green Adaptation “Let It Snow”

The holidays might have just come and gone but Netflix is already getting into the holiday spirit for next year with none other than Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s very own Kiernan Shipka.

As reported by Deadline, Kiernan Shipka will be returning to the streaming giant with a project quite different from CAOS: the film adaptation of John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson’s three-part 2008 YA novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances.

Based on The New York Times bestseller, the film, seemingly shortened to only Let It Snow, will go into production in the first quarter of 2019, per Variety, and is expected to drop sometime during the next winter season.

The film, as the book, will be set in the small town of Gracetown during a raging Christmas Eve snowstorm, which draws a group of high school seniors close as they “discover unexpected opportunities as well as complications that test their friendships, love lives, and aspirations for the future.

Though Kiernan’s role is still under wraps, we know she’ll be joined by a star-studded cast that includes Legends of the Hidden Temple’s Isabela Moner, Dumplin”s Odeya Rush, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s Shameik Moore. Additional casting will include Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and rom-com veteran Joan Cusack.

We can’t wait to see how Kiernan and co. will take on the three stories that comprise the book (“The Jubilee Express,” “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,” and “The Patron Saint of Pigs”), but I guess for that we’ll have to wait 11 more months for that. Sigh.

However, if you’re a John Green fan, the wait might be a little more bearable, as this isn’t the only adaption of his oeuvre in the works: His debut book, Looking for Alaska, is in the midst of casting and expected to hit Hulu at some point, and his latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down, has just found its director.


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“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Star Kiernan Shipka on Being Shipped with Ross Lynch and Why She Loves Playing a Teenage Witch


Kiernan Shipka has been working as an actress for pretty much her entire life, but for years, the former Mad Men star was probably more on your parents’ radar than on yours. “I may as well have been a fly on the wall at the Kids’ Choice Awards,” she tells Seventeen in an interview. Now, with the 19-year-old playing iconic teen witch Sabrina Spellman in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, she’s finally ready to welcome a new fan base: people her own age. “Having my friends be genuinely excited to watch the show is really cool,” Kiernan says.

The creepy series has all the facets of a grown-up role (A love triangle! Challenging authority! Blood!) and a pro-female message she’s happy to get behind. “I’m unreasonably excited that young girls are going to get to have this character be an inspiration to them. I think she is so strong-willed, has such a good heart, speaks her mind, stands up for herself, and questions things that she feels aren’t right.”

Get to know Kiernan and you’ll feel the same way about her too.

An upside to having phones and social media has been so much more awareness of all the injustices and things going on in the world, and having a voice and platform that just didn’t exist before. It’s just really incredible to me—I feel like I can continually learn new things every single day. Recently on Instagram, I did the 10 Featured Teachers [campaign], and it was so amazing and such a beautiful experience to see all these teachers and kids getting books that they needed. It was very gratifying to see it actually have an impact in individual people’s lives and to [watch] thank-you videos from [people] who are just so, so happy to have a book that they’ve wanted…it’s just amazing. So more of that to come, for sure. I’m interested to see how we can take that hashtag and put it on a greater scale.

She’s drawn to Sabrina’s girl power.
I gravitate toward feminist content because that’s just who I am. But there was something so cool about this show being so feminist while still having this very separate fantastical element. It’s sort of set in this “timeless” period where there aren’t many references to pop culture, or what’s happening now or what happened in the past. But at the same [time], it’s related to what’s happening in many different ways and resonates on so many levels.

The character pushes her to be a better person.
Sabrina is, for all intents and purposes, a teenage girl as much as she’s a witch who’s faced with decisions no teenager could ever deal with. She puts herself in situations that are very risky—on the life-threatening side of risky—but to have a character who is so strong-willed has really inspired me. To play someone completely and utterly passionate, and who doesn’t back down, makes me want to be the best person I can possibly be.

It made her change up her look.
I was two months into having long dark-brown hair and just absolutely loving it—and then this happens. No complaints! I’m down for anything, but I actually want my hair to be brown or red.

Sabrina is witch-spo.
I would hesitate to call a 16-year-old—Sabrina Spellman—a role model. But at the same time, I remember when I was 13 or 14, how I would see a movie and I would want to be exactly like a character. So to grow up and have a character like Sabrina [influence] someone’s life, that’s so cool to me.

She loves heron-screen BF, Harvey Kinkle (aka Ross Lynch).
Ross is the best, and I couldn’t imagine having a better person to be ‘shipped with. I think our relationship [on Sabrina] is so pure and so sweet. And I’m totally in love with it. I think that a lot of people are going to be as well, and I don’t blame them.

She’s now too busy to date IRL.
I’ll wrap on Saturday at 6 a.m., so I’m pretty much useless on Saturday. And then Sunday, I have to get all my stuff done for Monday. Occasionally, the cast can drive me out for a fun time, but work is my number one priority right now.

She’s all talk.
I love to talk things out but don’t necessarily always start by wanting to. Yet I immediately find that if I talk to someone—just to personify whatever is happening and acknowledge it for what it is instead of catastrophizing about it—it feels so much better.

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