Disney+ has cast “Annabelle Comes Home” and “Training Day” actor Michael Cimino in the lead role of its upcoming “Love, Simon” series.
The series adaptation is set in the same world as the 2018 film starring Nick Robinson. Cimino will star as Victor, “a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation,” according to the show’s logline. “When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.”
He joins the previously announced Ana Ortiz, who will star as Isabel, Victor’s mother. Robinson will produce and narrate the series. James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, Johnny Sequoyah, Bebe Wood, George Sear, Anthony Turpel and Mason Gooding round out the ensemble cast.
The series is from “This Is Us” executive producers and co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the movie, and 20th Century Fox TV.
“‘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 of content for 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+,” Aptaker and Berger said. “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.”
Also executive producing are Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill and Pouya Shahbazian, as well as “Grand Hotel” showrunners which includes Shahbazian, Brian Tanen, Jason Ensler, Adam Fishbach, Wyck Godfrey
Amy York Rubin will direct the first episode with her creative partner Pilar Boehm co-executive producing. Adam Londy will also co-executive produce.