20th Century Fox is releasing yet another teen romantic dramedy, but the twist this time is that the lead is gay.
Love, Simon is based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 Young Adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash). It follows Simon (Jurassic World‘s Nick Robinson), a teenager who starts an email romance with another closeted classmate.
Simon has all the markings of a classic, mainstream teen coming-of-age flick: football games, drunken parties, school carnivals except that the romantic leads are two guys. It’s funny, sweet, kinda sad and, but pretty ground-breaking.
“There’s this one section of the film where Simon imagines this one boy and imagines them kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas. 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.”
Here are some images that EW just featured from the film along with a clip. One of the big sequences of the film is a Halloween party.