Every character on Amazon’s I Know What You Did Last SummerCould be deadly. The cast and creator for the horror series, 2021 New York Comic Con, gathered on Friday to present new footage and introduce their characters. They also expressed concern about the whodunnit. There were even some surprises from the original 1997 cast … a passing of the hook, if you will.
The series is a new adaptation of Lois Duncan’s novel Let me know what you did last summerHer story was the basis for 1997’s film. Although there were many sequels to the movie, this series does not include a reboot or sequel. All new characters are included, with a likely killer to keep things interesting.
Let’s round up the suspects: Actor Madison Iseman does double duty as twins named Lennon and Allison. Lennon, the valedictorian is a popular choice. Allison is quieter and more artsy. “You can’t really know what she’s thinking,” said Iseman. Ezekiel Goodman plays Dylan, “who is very concerned with doing the right thing.” When asked who was most challenging to write for, series creator Sara Goodman said Dylan, and the actor smiled knowingly before she even answered the question.
Brianne Tju plays the bright and “sometimes obnoxious” Margot. “She has Main Character Energy,” said Tju. Ashley Moore plays the tough “underdog” Riley, who isn’t sure if her friends like her for her or for her drug connection. “She’s very much in love with her best friend,” teased Moore. Finally, there’s Sebastian Amoruso as the quarterback Johnny. “I think he’s the drummer of this group,” said Amoruso. “He keeps things together without drawing attention to himself.”
The basic plot remains the same, even though the characters are new to this adaptation. Per the official show description, “One year after the fatal car accident that haunted their graduation night, a group of teenagers find themselves bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town—and themselves. Everyone is hiding something, and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly.”
Goodman was the executive producer of both PreacherAnd Gossip GirlIt is. The show will combine both the teens drama and the darker aspects of the first.
“I didn’t want anyone to know [who the killer is] until the last minute,” Goodman said. “Even on a subconscious level. I didn’t want anyone to be reacting to that actor differently. I felt like it was very very important that everybody not know until they had to know — which made everybody crazy.” Goodman said that her phone is filled with texts from cast members who insisted they knew who the killer was at various points during filming.
At the very end of the panel, members of the original cast (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillipe, and Jennifer Love Hewitt) dropped by to ask some “fan” questions and bless/pass the torch to the new cast. She was asked if she would be open to appearing in a cameo from the OG. IKWYDLS cast, Goodman teased that, should the show be renewed for season 2, “in season 1 there may be an opening for [a future cameo] for season 2.” But first let’s get through the first season, and see who, if anyone, survives.
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