Netflix has released a new trailer for an upcoming sci-fi series called Kiss Me First. It originally aired in the UK and it looks like a Ready Player One-style murder mystery and something that you might see on Black Mirror. Part of the story is set in a virtual reality world complete with avatars and in the real world. The series is an adaptation of a novel by Lottie Moggach, Kiss Me First, stars Tallulah Haddon, Simona Brown, Matthew Beard, George Jovanovic, Freddie Stewart, Misha Butler, Haruka Abe, and Samuel Bottomley.
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.
The show was created by Bryan Elsley, who co-created the teen drama Skins, and this is what he said about the series:
“I think that the book has a very assured young adult tone to it. 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 will hit Netflix on June 29, 2018.