“Purple Hearts” 2? Sophia Carson, director weighs in on a potential sequel

For the first time in her career, Sophia Carson You have to be a part of a movie from the moment pre-production begins to the end – and then some. In fact, five years ago when the director and producer Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum I met Carson on “Pretty Little Liars: Perfectionists,” the two clicked right away. Rosenbaum asked a friend of the producers to pay attention to a scenario the two could do together. Two weeks later she receivedpurple hearts. “

“I remember me Read it in the hotel room In Portland and I thought, whatever I was feeling—the frustration I was feeling in the world, as both sides of the aisle became more and more divided, it was kind of represented in this,” the director explains. In your face, only themes are explored. It felt very timely and exciting.”

At the time, the script was told from the point of view of the male leader, Luke (Nicholas Galtzen), and needed a bit of an update. So, Rosenbaum and Carson took that together and also added where Carson’s songs could go. For the first time, Carson became an executive producer, and was involved in everything from promotion to Netflix to casting.

She says, “I definitely have a product bug now.” diverse. “I love being a part of every aspect of telling stories in this way.”

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Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and Sophia Carson on set.
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Then it’s time to find the full Luke.

“Liz and I have been dreaming about this movie and Cassie and Luke for five years. Every time I go to the movies, I’ve been thinking about our movie, and I’ve been thinking about potential Lukes and I’m constantly texting Liz. I had, like, a list of Wish Choices.” “When we started the actual casting process and I met Nick [Galitzine]I knew right away only because of our chemistry.”

She adds, “I knew that for me, the most important thing at the heart of our story was the chemistry between these two people who literally couldn’t stand how badly they wanted each other, and had to feel like fire, like this lightning in a bottle and Nick and I had really amazing chemistry from through the computer screen.

In fact, after reading the first few scenes, producer Elisa Koplowitz Dutton told the group, “I don’t know what just happened, but I was going to watch this movie.”

However, the “yes” was not immediate. Rosenbaum felt he might be too cute for the role of Luke, and she wanted more anger.

“For me, Nick didn’t stand out at first,” Rosenbaum says. “I kept raising him, so I had a separate conversation with him on my own, where we talked more about the character… After our long call, he said, ‘Liz, you’re basically asking me to be just a penis?'” I can do that.’ He’s back again, given her a really hard time with their improvements and she was amazed and put off in a fun way. I’m starting to see how they can push each other’s buttons.”

From there, Galitzine became Luke.

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Nicholas Galtzen and Sophia Carson
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“We were so lucky to have this very instinctive and natural chemistry and even the way we can get under each other’s skin like Nick and Sophia is pretty much how Cassie and Luke work,” laughs Carson. “So it was kind of cool to simulate our bickering and our relationship in our movie.”

At first, Carson – who also wrote the music for the film – thought Cassie and Nick’s story began and ended with “Purple Hearts”. However, after achieving great success in the streaming service, files Over 100 million watch hours In the first two weeks, it’s exciting to see people wanting more.

“Now fans are kind of asking for a sequel and there are a lot of fan theories, fan stories, and potential sub-stories, so of course it’s nice to think about Cassie and Luke’s life after this movie,” she says. “I adore being Cassie and would be curious to know where she goes. Who do you know. You never know!”

Rosenbaum adds that they were casually talking about doing more, but nothing formal.

“I mean, I can watch the two of them and their chemistry all day long. And they’re just great people to work with, so I definitely wouldn’t rule that out,” she says. “We wouldn’t do anything unless we really liked it, because we want to stay true to integrity. We haven’t come up with anything specific yet. It’s always a possibility.”

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