Disney+ started production on “Love, Simon” with Michael Cimino from “Annabelle Comes Home” set to star as Victor. The half-hour series from 20th Century Fox Television returns to the world of the 2018 groundbreaking hit movie, “Love, Simon.” Greg Berlanti directed the original movie, which starred Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, and Jennifer Garner. The movie opened in 2018 behind “Tomb Raider,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “I Can Only Imagine,” and “Black Panther,” but made over $66.3M worldwide.
According to the Disney, the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery. Victor faces challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and is 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. Ana Ortiz stars 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. Nick Robinson, who starred in the original film, will also produce and narrate the series.
The film’s original writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger executive produce the series alongside Brian Tanen, Jason Ensler, Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, Adam Fishbach, Wyck Godfrey, and Pouya Shahbazian. Disney also stated that Amy York Rubin is directing the first episode with her creative partner Pilar Boehm co-executive producing. Adam Londy will also co-executive produce.
“‘Love, Simon’ is a powerful story embraced by critics and audiences alike for its universal messages of authenticity, love, and acceptance,” said Agnes Chu, senior vice president, content, Disney+. “We are honored to partner with the talented team at 20th Century Fox Television to bring this new chapter of a beloved story to Disney+, continuing the personal and uplifting narrative that captivated fans of the original film.”
“We could not be more excited to be making ‘Love, Simon’ for Disney+,” said Executive Producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. “Writing ‘Love, Simon’ was one of the most profound and enjoyable experiences of our careers to date and we are beyond thrilled that we get to revisit this world and tell the story of Victor, a brand new Creekwood student, and his family and friends. We have a phenomenal group of writers with tremendously personal connections to the material crafting our episodes, and have assembled a dream team cast and crew to bring these stories to life, and cannot wait to share what we’re working on with the world.”
The cast also includes James Martinez as Armando, Victor’s father, who loves his family deeply and works hard. Isabella Ferreira plays Pilar, Victor’s younger sister in the throws of teenage angst, while Mateo Fernandez will make his acting debut as Adrian, Victor’s good-natured little brother. Johnny Sequoyah stars as Mia, Victor’s whip-smart friend with a quick wit and easy laugh, with Bebe Wood as her quirky and social media-obsessed best friend, Lake. George Sear plays Benji, Victor’s confident and charming classmate, with Anthony Turpel as Felix, Victor’s lanky, awkward new neighbor, and Mason Gooding as Andrew, Creekwood’s cocky and popular basketball-loving jock.
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