Move over, Euphoria — there’s a new high school drama to obsess over.
Netflix has released the first images and trailer for its upcoming adaptation of Heartstopper, based on the popular series of graphic novels by Alice Oseman. The coming-of-age British series stars Joe Locke as Charlie Spring, a student at a secondary school who becomes unlikely friends with Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), his rugby-loving “straight boy crush.”
Their friendship eventually blossoms into an unexpected romance, which impacts their circle of friends, who have to navigate the drama of Nick and Charlie’s relationship all while figuring out their own sexuality amid everyday high school antics. The series sounds like a mix of Love, Victor and Sex Education, so consider it already added to our Netflix queue.
Initially launched as a webcomic, the first Heartstopper graphic novel was released back in 2018, with the fourth and latest volume hitting shelves earlier this year. Not only did Oseman write and illustrate all of Heartstopper, she will also adapt the comic for the small screen with Euros Lyn (Doctor Who) directing.
“I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with a team of passionate, creative people who all adore Heartstopper and want to make it the most beautiful show we can,” Oseman said in a statement last year. “It’s a joy and an honour to get to re-tell Nick and Charlie’s story for TV and I am so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s existing readership, but also a whole new audience around the world.”
Heartstopper should fill the Love, Victor-sized hole in our hearts when the Hulu series ends with its upcoming third season. The new series hits Netflix on April 22. Until then, check out new images from the show below.