Kiss Me First, an innovative, state-of-the-art thriller for E4 and Netflix by Skins‘ Bryan Elsley has begun filming with a cast of rising stars.

Tallulah Haddon takes on the central role of Leila, a lonely, reserved 19-year-old who becomes addicted to a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called Azana. Through the site Leila meets Tess, played by Simona Brown, a cool, confident party girl who harbours a dark secret.

Tess invites Leila into Red Pill, a secretive, invite-only part of Azana’s virtual world led by charming and manipulative, Adrian (whose avatar is voiced by Matthew Beard). Unbeknownst to them, Red Pill members have been cherry-picked; They all feel isolated in their home lives, preferring to congregate online, hiding behind their avatars.

Red Pill consists of Calumny (George Jovanovic), Force (Freddie Stewart), Jocasta (Misha Butler), Tippi (Haruka Abe) and Denier (Samuel Bottomley) – all have been personally selected by Adrian – but to what end?

Offline, Leila and Tess soon become close, but after Tess disappears, Leila is drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance.

“I’m delighted to be involved in such an innovative project. I’m looking forward to sharing this beautiful marriage between animation and live action in drama.” – Writer and Exec Producer, Bryan Elsley

Filming, which is taking place on location in London and Croatia, is expected to conclude the middle of next year. Kiss Me First will premiere on E4 in the UK and elsewhere via Netflix. The series is adapted from Lottie Moggach’s best-selling novel by Bryan Elsley and is a co-production between Kindle Entertainment and Balloon Entertainment.

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