Every once in a while, that life-changing gay coming-of-age film comes along that ushers us gaybies into our journey to self-acceptance. Whether it’s an indie classic like Latter Days or an Oscar-worthy masterpiece like Moonlight, we’ve all had that cinematic queer awakening.
Love, Simon is the next film to carry on that legacy. In typical gay coming-of-age fashion, it features a young gay man struggling with his decision to come out, but with some comical moments thrown into the mix. And this time, it’s getting a mainstream release, thanks to 20th Century Fox.
Greg Berlanti, gay man and creator of such CW hits as Supergirl and Riverdale, directs the teen movie based on Becky Albertalli’s book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Fans of early aught gay indies may remember Berlanti made his directorial debut with such stars as Justin Theroux and Zach Braff in The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy. This title also features some big names with Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as our young gay protagonist’s parents. It also stars some of our favorite up-and-coming talents like Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse).
The first teaser for Love, Simon shows the classic coming-of-age tale unfold. Simon (Robinson) is a teenage boy coming to terms with his sexuality while struggling with typical awkward adolescence. The short promo promises painful pickup lines, cute Waffle House waiters, and a comedic twist on the coming out moment.
Love, Simon premieres March 16. Watch the teaser below: