Maia Reficco & Kate del Castillo Cast in Adaptation of ‘A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow’

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Production is underway on a film adaptation of Cuban American author Laura Taylor Namey’s New York Times bestselling Latine YA novel, A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, and two Latinas are leading the cast.

According to Deadline, actresses Maia Reficco (Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin) and Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur) will star in the drama. The story follows a young woman named Lilia Reyes, played by Reficco, who travels to London to spend the summer cooking at her aunt’s inn after the death of her grandmother, who owned a Cuban bakery in Miami.

There, she attempts to find solace and mend her broken heart by embracing the beauty of the British countryside, partaking in some fusion cooking, and spending time with a charming tea shop employee from the area named Orion Maxwell, played by Kit Connor (Heartstopper). 

With Reficco and Connor’s stars rising, and with a dedicated fanbase backing them, the internet and Namey herself are excited for these two to play romantic leads and bring these characters to life.

Namey also commented about how excited she was that her novel was getting adapted into a feature film. “I am so incredibly blessed and honored to announce one of the biggest secrets of my life,” she wrote. “[A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow] is currently being filmed in England. [Maia Reficco] and [Kit Connor], you are my dream ‘book children’ and simply magical on screen.”

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, starring Maia Reficco, will be directed by documentary filmmaker Katherine Fairfax Wright (Call Me Kuchu) from a screenplay by Khaila Amazan (Freeridge) and Savion Einstein (Miss Conception).