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Either way, since the first After movie came out in 2019, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Josephine Langford have stolen the show as star-crossed lovers Hardin Scott and Tessa Young. Over the past three movies we’ve seen them fall in love, have sex, fight, break up, have sex again, fight some more, and somehow, between it all, get degrees too!
Hardin and Tessa have been faced with a lot of curveballs over the years, from love rivals, to the trials of long-distance relationships, and Hardin’s anger issues he really should get therapy for. But where will Hessa go from here in the franchise’s final chapter? Will they weather the storm or part ways for good? Below are all the answers you need about the upcoming romance movie, including the After 4 release date, trailer, plot, and cast.
After 4 release date
The release date schedule for After 4 is about as complicated as Hardin and Tessa’s relationship.
US fans will see the romance movie in theatres on September 7, 2022, while fans across Europe (excluding those in the UK and France) can expect theatrical releases slightly earlier, between August 24 and 26.
Canadian moviegoers can also expect to see the flick in cinemas from August 26. For fans in Australia and New Zealand, they will have to wait until September 8 until they can watch Hardin and Tessa’s adventures on the big screen.
However, in the UK and France, the movie will not get a theatrical release. Instead, it will be released directly to Amazon Prime Video. The same happened with the third instalment in the franchise: After We Fell (After 3).
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After 4 will drop on the streaming service for the UK and French audiences, but After We Fell came to Prime Video approximately three weeks after its US cinema release. This means that we can probably expect the movie to arrive on the platform around late September or early October this year, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
After 4 trailer
Keeping things festive with their fanbase, a teaser for After Ever Happy was released in late December 2021. Equally parts dramatic and racy, the 47-second clip promised lots of drama and sex for the young couple, as Hardin can be heard via voiceover insisting to Tessa that they “can survive” their latest drama, only for Tessa to say, “I don’t want to survive, I want to live.”
Intercut with dramatic moments from the new film, Tessa can then be heard saying, “I’m sorry I couldn’t fix you.”
A second, full-length trailer was released on July 14, 2022.
In the trailer, Tessa finds out that Hardin is writing a book about their relationship, and is less than thrilled. She mentions that Hardin has “a lot of demons” but is trying to be better for her, but says she “can’t keep fighting to save him rather than [herself].”
It looks like there will be plenty of drama for the couple, as Tessa suggests spending time apart, but Hardin insists the book will be about “forgiveness and unconditional love” — and guess what? The book is called ‘After.’
After 4 plot
Judging by the official plot synopsis for the movie, it looks like it will follow the events of the book of the same name pretty closely.
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“Hardin and Tessa are growing up and they may never be the same. Although they have defied all the odds, their next chapter will bring either a fairy tale ending or finally destroy their passionate yet toxic relationship,” the synopsis says. “When a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s impenetrable façade to the core – and Tessa suffers a tragedy – will they stick together or be torn apart? Life will never be the same for Hessa.”
Based on the synopsis, it’s likely that the movie will pick up directly from the bombshell revelation at the end of After We Fell, where it is revealed that Christian Vance, Tessa’s boss at her swish new Seattle job, is in fact Hardin’s father.
And worse than that, it seems like everyone apart from Hardin already knew, shaking him to his core and undoubtedly leading to more drama for the lovers.
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It’s interesting to note that the novel also includes a pretty significant time jump, as it follows Hardin and Tessa’s relationship over a number of years. Will the movie do the same?
After 4 cast
Given that After 4 was filmed back-to-back with After 3, fans will be pleased to know that a lot of the main players from the previous movie will be returning.
Controversially at the time, a number of key characters from the After franchise — including Landon, Vance, Carol, Kimberly, and Robert — were recast between the second and third movie because the original actors were unable to commit to filming the latter two films back to back.
This time, however, there are no unexpected recasts planned, so you can expect to see a lot of your favourite actors and characters once again.
The cast of After Ever Happy is:
- Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Hardin Scott
- Josephine Langford as Tessa Young
- Louise Lombard as Trish Daniels
- Kiana Madeira as Nora
- Rob Estes as Ken Scott
- Carter Jenkins as Robe25rt
- Chance Perdomo as Landon
- Jack Bandeira as James
- Atanas Srebrev as Richard Young
- Jordan Peters as Mark
- Velizar Binev as Dr. West
- Anton Kottas as Smith
- Ryan Ol as Joe
- Tosin Thompson as Janine
If you want to see the rest of Hessa’s love story, you can watch all three of the After movies on Amazon Prime Video now.