Vampires are back, and they’re queer!
This week Netflix dropped the trailer for First Kill, a sapphic vampire meets vampire hunter teen drama set to premier in June, during Pride month.
Based on a short story from horror writer V. E. Schwab, who is also an executive producer for the series, First Kill stars Imani Lewis and Sarah Catherine Hook as Calliope and Juliette, two teenage girls who meet at high school and fall in love.
Their relationship gets complicated, however, when they discover their hidden identities: Calliope is the daughter of a long family line of vampire hunters, while Juliette is a “legacy”, a child born to a vampire family.
As if that wasn’t enough, both of their families are readying them for their “first kills”, an important rite of passage for both vampire and hunter.
In addition to Lewis and Hook, First Kill also stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Jonas Dylan Allen, Gracie Dzienny, Will Swenson, Jason R. Moore, Dylan McNamara, Dominic Goodman and Phillip Mullings Jr.
Felicia D. Henderson heads up the writing team, alongside Schwab, and both executive produce on the series, along with Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss.
The official show synopsis is as follows:
When it’s time for teenage vampire Juliette to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family, she sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope. But much to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter, from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won’t be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for…
Fans on social media were quick to draw comparisons to iconic legacy shows such as True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Willow & Tara FOREVER).
First Kill comes fresh off the back of Heartstopper, which was a huge success internationally for Netflix, becoming the 7th most watched English-language season of television on the service in its first three days, with 14.55m viewing hours through April 24.
Season one of First Kill will consist of eight episodes, all available to stream on Netflix from June 10. Trailer below:
First Kiss. First Love. First Kill. pic.twitter.com/rspumndzYl
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