First Kill Netflix: Recap, Release Date, Who Is Imani Lewis, Cast and Trailer

first kill.  (L to R) Imani Lewis as Calliope, Sarah Catherine Hook as Juliette in First Kill.  Kr. Brian Douglas/Netflix © 2022
first kill. (L to R) Imani Lewis as Calliope, Sarah Catherine Hook as Juliette in First Kill. Kr. Brian Douglas/Netflix © 2022

One of Netflix’s most anticipated new TV shows is just days away from release as vampire romantic drama First Kill hits screens worldwide.

Ever since the world’s most well-known vampire slayer — Buffy — was introduced in 1997, the entertainment world has longed for a teen vampire hit that’ll grab our attention and send us on a whole new journey of vampire obsession, and if early reviews are anything, maybe they are our wishes have just been fulfilled.

Based on a short story by author Victoria “VE” Schwab, First Kill is the streaming giant’s latest teen series and tells the tale of a forbidden love between a vampire and a vampire hunter.

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What is Netflix’s new TV series First Kill about?

Netflix’s latest TV series follows the story of two girls from very different backgrounds – Juliette and Calliope – one is a creature of the night, also known as a vampire, and the other is a vampire hunter.

Juliette the vampire will be given the task of slaying her first vampire to claim her rightful role in her vampire family, while Calliope will be given a similar task – only her first kill will be to dust off a vampire, not become one.

If Calliope is successful, she will gain approval from her vampire-hunting family and permission to join them on their mission.

Usually, the two meet and start developing feelings for each other, which ruins the whole thing!

Who is in the cast of First Kill?

Viewers will likely recognize Sarah Catherine Hook (The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, American Crime Story), who stars in the series as Juliette, the teenage vampire who accidentally falls in love with Calliope, a vampire slayer played by Imani Lewis .

The rest of the confirmed cast are as follows: Elizabeth Mitchell as Margot, Will Swenson as Sebastian, Aubin Wise as Talia, Jason R. Moore as Jack, Gracie Dzienny as Elinor, Phillip Mullings Jr. as Theo, Dylan McNamara as Oliver and Dominic Goodman as Apollo.

Who is Imani Lewis?

Imani Lewis is a 23-year-old American actress who plays the lead role of Calliope Burns in Netflix’s new original vampire romance First Kill. She was born in New York and has had acting credits since 2017 when she would have been just 15 years old.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Charmaine in the popular American crime television series Hightown, which has run for three seasons. She has also played prominent roles in television shows such as comedian Bo Burham’s Eighth Grade where she portrays Aniyah. Most recently she played a role in the popular TV show The Equalizer (2021).

Lewis also previously had a role in the Sundance Film Festival hit The Forty-Year-Old Version, which was later acquired by Netflix following its success at the popular film festival.

First Kill Review – what do the critics say?

While reviews are few, those out there are pretty mixed.

The Hollywood Reporter said the show’s biggest disappointment is that it’s “limitedly loveable,” despite claims to be “enjoyable” and a “nice distraction.”

Elsewhere, Heaven Of Horror commented that they “really like the way monsters are introduced and explained,” while also getting plenty of praise for the “human” element of the story.

So – in short, it seems that the best way to find out is to see it for yourself!

When will First Kill release on Netflix UK?

The eight-part series is available to watch by Netflix UK subscribers from today (June 10). You must have a Netflix subscription to watch the show, which can be purchased here. Prices start at £5.99.

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