Greg Berlanti is best known as the man behind The CW's Arrowverse shows, but he is also making a name for himself in film as well. While he was busy producing Arrow, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Riverdale and Blindspot, he somehow found time to direct upcoming comedy-drama film Love, Simon.
The YA film stars Jurassic World's Nick Robinson as the titular character, and he'll be appearing alongside Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford, Talitha Bateman, The Flash's Keiynan Lonsdale and Arrow's Colton Haynes. While it won't be hitting the big screen until next year, Berlanti took to social media to unveil the film's official poster, in honor of National Coming Out Day. Check it out below:
Everyone Deserves A Great Love Story
Love, Simon is based on the critically acclaimed #youngadult novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and revolves around 16-year-old high school student Simon Spier. The character is still in the closet and engages in a secret e-mail conversation with Blue, who he then falls in love with.
But things get messy when a classmate discovers the conversation and blackmails Simon with this information. Under pressure to come out, Simon's junior year becomes a lot more complicated than he could have ever imagined.
With the film having such an emphasis on coming out, it's appropriate that its first poster was released on National Coming Out Day. Berlanti marked this special occasion by unveiling the poster on Instagram. In the accompanying caption, he wrote:
Remember you're not alone and everyone deserves love. Today seemed like the perfect day to share our teaser poster for the a film I was lucky enough to be part of that celebrates that very thing.
But he wasn't the only one who took to social media to speak about the importance of coming out. Keiynan Lonsdale (who portrays Bram Greenfield in the film) also shared the poster and commented on how much his life has changed for the better since he came out, five months ago.
In his accompanying caption, Lonsdale spoke about how Love, Simon is a story that can help so many people who are dealing with the pressures of coming out, before reminding his fans that they're all masterpieces. He stated:
It feels like a whole life time has gone by, but I only came out publicly 5 months ago myself. Personally, it feels like the whole universe opened up & became available to me... I’ve never been more proud to be in a project, cause I know young Keiynan could’ve really used this film in his darkest times.. but thankfully he made it through, and is now apart of telling a story that can help so many others. So, all this to say... be good to yourself, you’re already a masterpiece.
Adding to the positive messages for the day, Simon Spier himself, Nick Robinson, took to Twitter to share his excitement about the project before closing with the film's tagline — a statement that is very relevant for the occasion.
It's great to see that the cast and crew used the platform of National Coming Out Day to spread awareness for a film that will undoubtedly explore all of the possible feelings attached to the process of coming out. Moreover, the positive messages from Berlanti, Lonsdale and Robinson suggest that Love, Simon will be a beacon of hope for anyone struggling with their sexuality. And the high profile cast will draw some much-needed attention to the film.
Moreover, in an era where there are too many tragic #LGBTQ stories in Hollywood, it's good to know that Love, Simon will show us that they can be funny, lighthearted and uplifting too, all while highlighting that everyone deserves the chance to be happy. Let's hope that we see plenty more of them in the future.
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