The Love, Simon spin-off series that was set to debut on Disney+, Disney’s streaming service, will now find its home on Hulu. Love, Victor, set in the same universe as Love, Simon, is scheduled to premiere in June during LGBTQ Pride Month.
According to the official press release, the spin-off will follow Victor, “a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.”
As NewNowNext previously reported, This Is Us showrunners Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who wrote the Love, Simon screenplay based on a YA novel by author Becky Albertalli, will be showrunners and executive producers of Love, Victor.
Nick Robinson, who starred as gay teen Simon Spier in the groundbreaking 2018 film, will return to produce and narrate the series.
“Love, Victor is funny, heartfelt and deeply affecting, and we were incredibly taken with the project,” said Craig Erwich, SVP Originals, Hulu. “The show’s contemporary lens and honest storytelling make it a perfect fit for the millions of fans on Hulu who already watch and see themselves in series like Looking for Alaska, Pen15 and Grown-ish.”
“With Hulu now an integral part of our streaming family, our teams are closely collaborating and we have the unique ability to choose the best home for our original productions. All of us at Disney+ are incredibly proud of Love, Victor and know the series will be a perfect addition to Hulu’s strong slate of young adult programming,” said Ricky Strauss, president of Disney+ content and marketing.
Michael Cimino (Annabel Comes Home) will star as Victor, along with Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) as Isabel, “Victor’s smart and warm mother who loves her husband and her family, but is under a lot of pressure as they move their family across the country.”
According to Variety, the cast will also include “James Martinez as Armando, Victor’s regular blue collar ’guy’s guy’ father who loves his family deeply and works hard for his family; Isabella Ferreira as Pilar, Victor’s sullen younger sister in the throws of teenage angst; Mateo Fernandez will make his acting debut as Adrian, Victor’s adorable, good-natured little brother; Johnny Sequoyah as Mia, Victor’s whip-smart friend with a quick wit and easy laugh; Bebe Wood as Lake, Mia’s quirky and social media-obsessed best friend; George Sear as Benji, Victor’s confident and charming classmate; Anthony Turpel as Felix, Victor’s lanky, awkward new neighbor; and Mason Gooding as Andrew, Creekwood’s cocky and popular basketball-loving jock.”
Love, Victor was originally slated to stream on Disney+, but sources note that the Mouse House “felt many issues explored on the show, including alcohol use and sexual exploration, would not fit in with the family-friendly content on Disney+.”
The new series adaptation of High Fidelity, which stars Zoë Kravitz, was also originally scheduled for Disney+ before being moved to Hulu.
Love, Victor’s 10-episode first season premieres in June, with Deadline reporting that Hulu has “already commissioned a writers’ room to start exploring stories for a possible second season.”