Greg Berlanti Heads To The Big Screen With High-School Coming Out Tale “Love, Simon”

"Everyone deserves a great love story."

Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is getting a big-screen adaptation from Greg Berlanti, the out super-producer behind Arrow, Flash, Supergirl DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Riverdale. Retitled Love, Simon, the movie is being described as “a John Hughes-style coming-of-age, coming-out story.”

Love, Simon

Berlanti, who previously directed the gay-fave Broken Heart’s Club, directed the film from a script by This Is Us scribes Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.

Here’s a quick synopsis from the Love, Simonpress notes:

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for 17-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.

Things get even more complicated when an email Simon sent his crush falls into the wrong hands and he’s forced to come out to his classmates, friends and family before he’s outed.

Nick Robinson (Everything, Everything) stars as Simon, with Tony Hale playing Simon’s teacher Mr. Worth and Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as Simon’s parents. 13 Reasons Why’s Miles Heizer and Katherine Langford, Logan Miller (The Walking Dead), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Flash star Keiynan Lonsdale round out the cast.

Lonsdale, who came out as bisexual in May, tweeted that he’s “never been more proud to be a project, ’cause I know young Keiynan could’ve really used this film in his darkest times… but thankfully he made it through, and is now a part of telling a story that can help so many others.”

On National Coming Out Day, Love, Simon launched its social-media channels and a teaser poster.

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Love, Simon will hit theaters March 16, 2018.

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.
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