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  • Based on the book by New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon.
  • Yara Shahidi was the first choice for Natasha by director Ry Russo-Young and the studio.
  • The lead characters Natasha and Daniel are loosely based on Nicola Yoon (the author of the book the movie is based on) and her husband who are Jamaican and Korean American respectively. Neither faced the immigration issues shown in the film.
  • Charles Melton is of half Korean and British descent in real life.


  • In the book Natasha's family faced deportation due to an incident with the actor father getting a DUI while the film portrays him as working at a restaurant raided by immigration.
  • Nicola Yoon posted a picture on her Instagram with Yara Shahidi and an outline of a co-star before the film was fully cast and asked her followers to pick the perfect actor for Daniel. The comments overwhelmingly recommended Riverdale's Charles Melton.
  • In the book the lawyer makes a mistake leading to Natasha's family being deported while in the film the lawyer tries without success to get Natasha's family's case reopened due to the immigration enforcement climate.
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