• Michelle Hebert

Movie Preview: ‘Love, Simon’

On March 16th, 2018, the movie “Love, Simon” will be available for viewing to the public. 20th Century Fox is the company releasing the new movie. Entertainment Weekly reports that the film resembles John Hughes films through its romantic view.

The movie is based off of a book Becky Albertalli wrote: “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” The main character, Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson) is a closeted gay kid at his high school. An online, anonymous classmate of his, “Blue,” has come out online, and Spier falls in love with the online, anonymous classmate. Spier keeps this part of his life a secret, so he doesn’t tell his family or friends.

In the opening of the trailer, Spier states, “For the most part, my life is totally normal. I’m just like you, except I have one huge … secret: Nobody knows I’m gay,” Indie Wire reports.

In the movie, Spier will be portrayed as a normal high school kid who is not the stereotypical gay kid. According to Indie Wire, “he’s calculated to be the least offensive version of a gay person to those who might be offended.”

Katherine Langford, Hannah Baker in the popular Netflix Original series “13 Reasons Why,” plays Leah Burke, one of Spier’s best friends.

According to Entertainment, “Simon has all the markings of a classic, mainstream teen coming-of-age flick: football games, drunken parties, school carnivals.” The romantic leads being two guys makes the movie something new in mainstream media.

The same studio and producers of “The Fault in Our Stars” are the ones behind “Love, Simon.” Greg Berlanti directed the movie; he also has directed episodes of the television series “Riverdale” and “The Flash.”