kiss me first trailer

Netflix has a new series coming your way: Kiss Me First, a sci-fi show that looks like a cross between Ready Player One and Black Mirror. In the series, “a lonely young woman hooked on a virtual reality game befriends a party girl, who leads her into a world of new thrills and dark secrets.” Watch the Kiss Me First trailer below.

Kiss Me First Trailer

Another day, another Netflix original. Although technically speaking, Kiss Me First originally aired in the UK on Channel 4. Based on this trailer, Kiss Me First asks the question: what if Ready Player One was a murder mystery? You have the virtual reality world, complete with unrealistic looking avatars, and then you have a Black Mirror-ish mystery angle.

This looks promising, and best of all, it’s only 6 episodes long! If only other Netflix shows would follow this example. Kiss Me First is an adaptation of a novel by  Lottie Moggach, and comes from Bryan Elsley, who co-created the teen drama Skins. “I think that the book has a very assured young adult tone to it,” Elsley said. “I like the complexity of the central character, who I thought Lottie had written extremely well. And there’s a certain disobedience and lack of conformity to the book, which I admired. I’m a writer, and so sometimes that’s enough for me top just hop on.”

In regards to the story, Elsley added:

“It’s the story of two friends who meet each other on the internet, and one of them gradually becomes aware that a cult is secretly in operation, in the deep background, hidden in a corner of a computer game. So Leila, who is the heroine, takes it upon herself to crush and defeat the cult leader, who is this mysterious character, Adrian. But not before she’s been on a journey of growth and empowerment that binds her ever closer to her new friend, Tess.”

Kiss Me First, starring Tallulah Haddon, Simona Brown, Matthew Beard, George Jovanovic, Freddie Stewart, Misha Butler, Haruka Abe, and Samuel Bottomley, drops on Netflix on June 29, 2018.

Kiss Me First tells the story of Leila, a lonely 17 year old girl who is addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While in Agora, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbours a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance.

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