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On Thursday evening, Netflix announced that John Ambrose McClaren — a recipient of one of Lara Jean Covey’s love letters in the first film, who competes with Peter Kavinsky for her affections in the sequel — will be played by 24-year-old Jordan Fisher.
Jordan, a singer who recently starred as Mark Cohen in Fox’s Rent Live, has quickly won over swooning fans.
Announcement: Netflix revealed on Thursday that Jordan Fisher will play John Ambrose McClaren in the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
On board: Jenny Han, who wrote the books that the movies are based on, shared her excitement over the news
Swoon! Jordan, 24, will play a new love interest for Lara Jean
Where you’ve seen him: He most recently starred as Mark Cohen in Rent Live
The casting announcement was made via a Twitter video that Jordan shared on Thursday.
In it, Lana Candor (who plays Lara Jean) says she is on the set of the sequel and ready to share some exciting news — before walking up the steps of a trailer with John Ambrose’s name.
The door opens to reveal Jordan standing inside.
‘P.S. I’m John Ambrose McClaren! Look out, LJ,’ the star tweeted.
The video was met with a warm reception, including from author Jenny Han, who wrote the books that the Netflix movies are based on.
‘At last… I can follow back @jordan_fisher on social media. Ladies and gentlemen, our John Ambrose McClaren! #psistillloveyou,’ she tweeted.
Fans of the series — which actually has three books, including P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean — are thrilled as well.
Woohoo! Fans have taken to Twitter to share how thrilled they are with the announcement
‘IM READY TO LOVE JOHN AMBROSE MCCLAREN WITH ALL MY HEART,’ wrote one very excited viewer.
‘I’m not okay. I just found out that Jordan Fisher. THE Jordan Fisher. DWTS Season 25 champion Jordan Fisher is playing John Ambrose in #TATB2 I. CAN’T. WAIT,’ wrote another.
And a third: ‘I’m here for this… I’M SO HERE FOR THIS! Yes @Jordan_Fisher my fav ever as John Ambrose?! I’m so freaking excited, he’s going to be SO SO SO GOOD. I love this cast so much & even more now that Jordan’s part of it!’
Many fans familiar with the plot are already taking side in the impending love triangle.
‘Peter Kavinsky who? we’re rooting for john ambrose in this sequel to to all the boys i’ve loved before!’ wrote one.
Recast: The character John Ambrose McClaren actually appeared briefly in the first film — and was portrayed by another actor, Jordan Burtchett
Oh no! Some of his fans are upset that he won’t be back for the sequel
Loyal: Even with barely any screen time, Jordan Burtchett already won some people over
‘How do they expect me to root for peter kavinsky when JORDAN FISHER PLAYS JOHN AMBROSE?’ asked another.
‘Jordan fisher is shaking the table as john ambrose my god they really expect us to root for kavinsky after this??’ tweeted a third.
‘I can’t root for Peter when Jordan Fisher is playing John Ambrose. I just can’t,’ lamented a fourth.
Though Twitter is showcasing endless evidence of fan excitement, not everyone is thrilled with the casting — though not necessarily because they have anything against Jordan.
Rather, they’ve pointed out that the character John Ambrose McClaren actually appeared briefly in the first film — and was portrayed by another actor.
Fans of actor Jordan Burtchett, who noticed his speedy appearance during the credits, are upset that he will not be reprising the role in the next film.
‘If @JordanBurtchett doesn’t play john ambrose… I don’t want it SIR,’ wrote one.
‘Unpopular opinion: i can’t get behind the the ps i still love you movie if they recast john ambrose mcclaren — jordan burtchett delivered as our john ambrose and we only saw him on the screen for 0.5 seconds,’ tweeted another.
Love triangle: Jordan’s character John Ambrose McClaren will go up against Peter Kavinsky for Lara Jean’s affections
Tough choice: Some fans are concerned that they won’t know who to root for now that their are two very good looking men involved
Super fast stardom: Noah Cenineo, who plays Peter, became an overnight sensation after appearing in the film
And a third wrote: ‘HOW DARE YOU? JORDAN BURTCHETT WAS THE PERFECT JOHN AMBROSE.’
Meanwhile, it appears all of the other actors will be reprising their roles in P.S. I Still Love You.
When Netflix made the sequel announcement, they promised Lana and Noah Centineo were on board.
And last week, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Anna Cathcart, Janel Parrish, and John Corbett, who played Lara Jeans sisters and dad, were back as well.
They also revealed that Michael Fimognari, who was the director of photography on the first film, will serve as director on the sequel. Susan Johnson, who directed the first, will now be executive producer.