K.J. Apa, one of the breakout stars of The CW’s “Riverdale” series, will lead “The Last Summer” at Netflix. The video-streaming service confirmed this week that the company has acquired the worldwide film rights to Gulfstream Pictures Productions’ upcoming romantic comedy, which will feature an all-star cast of young actors. Netflix stopped short of announcing a release date for the film, but you will have to wait until at least 2019 to stream it.
The film is being directed by Bill Bindley (Madison) and the rom-com will feature K.J. Apa (Riverdale), Maia Mitchell (The Fosters), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Jacob Latimore (The CHI, Collateral Beauty), Halston Sage (Paper Towns, Before I Fall), Sosie Bacon (13 Reasons Why), Gage Golightly (Red Oaks), Wolfgang Novogratz (Grown-ish), Jacob McCarthy (A.P. Bio), Mario Revolori (Sierra Burgess is a Loser), and Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice).
“I grew up on movies like “Fast Times” and “Say Anything,” and those films became iconic in large part because of their great casts,” added Bindley. “We’re really lucky to have this incredible group of young actors sign on with us.”
Bindley worked on the script with Scott Bindley. Netflix describes the film adding, “In the months before college, a group of teens navigate relationships with family and friends over a Chicago summer before moving on to adulthood.” Mike Karz (Blended, Valentine’s Day), Bill Bindley (The Nut Job), and Wayne Rice (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve) are serving as producers on the film, Karz is also serving as an Executive Producer on the Netflix series “Green Eggs and Ham”.
“We have had a wonderful experience working together on Green Eggs and Ham series and are thrilled to expand that relationship with our first Netflix feature film “The Last Summer” Mike Karz said in a statement.
Principal photography began in May in Cleveland, Ohio. Netflix will release the film in 2019.
“Riverdale” premiered on The CW in 2017, the series is based on the Archie comic-books.