“I’m done being someone else…”
Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is getting a big screen adaptation from Greg Berlanti, the producer behind hit shows Arrow, Riverdale and Flash.
The movie will be retitled Love, Simon for its 2018 release, and star Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson in the title role.
One major part of the book is the Halloween party, so what better time to release a first look of the big screen version than during Halloween week?
As you can see, the teens rock up to a party in many inspired costumes, from post-presidency Barack Obama to ‘fancy Jesus’…
“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,” a synopsis reads.
Greg Berlanti teased that the film will have some powerful scenes, with the two romantic leads being guys – something that is rarely seen in a mainstream Hollywood romcom.
“There’s this one section of the film where Simon imagines this one boy and imagines them kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas,” Berlanti told Entertainment Weekly.
“In every other major studio film, it’s always the guy and the girl. And there was something so powerful about it being just a guy imagining himself with this other guy in a film again that was going to be marketed and sold as a mainstream romantic comedy.”
Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel will play his parents, with 13 Reasons Why’s Miles Heizer and Katherine Langford also set to star.
Logan Miller (The Walking Dead), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Flash actor Keiynan Lonsdale will also appear.
For Keiynan Lonsdale in particular – who told his fans that he is attracted to boy girls and guys back in May – this project holds a special place in his heart.
He 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.”
Love, Simon will be in cinemas from 16 March.