“I’m done living in a world where I don’t get to be who I am,” the titular Simon (Jurassic World‘s Nick Robinson) says in the new Love, Simon trailer. “I deserve a great love story, and I want someone to share it with.” He’s not the only one.
We’ve seen the age of John Hughes rom-coms and we’ve seen the Hughes-inspired rom-coms it spawned. Now, Greg Berlanti, the architect of the Arrow-verse on The CW, is giving us a new feature film marketed as a mainstream rom-com that just so happens to highlight a closeted gay teenager.
Adapted from Becky Albertalli’s best-selling YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Love, Simon is a coming-of-age and coming-out story for 17-year-old Simon, who’s rushed to out himself as gay when a classmate starts blackmailing him. At the same time, he’s falling in love with Blue, the pen name of his mysterious online correspondence.
“There’s this one section of the film where Simon imagines this one boy and imagines them kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas,” Berlanti, who directs the film, told EW. “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.”
Accompanying the story is a cast that includes Katherine Langford (Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Keiynan Lonsdale (The CW’s The Flash), Logan Miller (Before I Fall), Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale, and one star-studded soundtrack.
Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff not only executive produces the film’s official soundtrack, but contributed a few songs. The single, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song),” from the band is now available.
See the full soundtrack details below.
1. “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song),” Bleachers
2. “Rollercoaster,” Bleachers
3. “Never Fall In Love,” Jack Antonoff & MØ
4. “Strawberries & Cigarettes,” Troye Sivan
5. “Sink In,” Amy Shark (this version does not appear in the film)
6. “Love Lies,” Khalid & Normani
7. “The Oogum Boogum Song,” Brenton Wood
8. ,”Love Me,” The 1975
9. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston
10. “Someday At Christmas,” Jackson 5
11. “Wings,” Haerts
12. “Keeping A Secret,” Bleachers (does not appear in the film)
13. “Wild Heart,” Bleachers
Written for the screen by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, Love, Simon will open in theaters on March 16.