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Everything You Need to Know About "Love, Simon"

Commence freaking out because not only does the SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA movie have an adorable and emotional official name, but it’s also SO. FREAKING. AMAZING. We must be the luckiest people on Earth because we got to see an advance screening, and get ready for it to absolutely knock your socks off and exceed your wildest YA adaptation dreams. We’re already counting down the days until we can see it again.

There have been a ton of updates, different news reports, and statements from all over the place—and because we’re basically obsessed with this book and movie, we thought it would help to get it all down in one place! So, here’s everything you need to know about LOVE, SIMON—AKA, the phenomenal adaptation of SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA!

Also, beware, because slight spoilers ahead!

 

Update: We have the first official trailer!

Did anyone hear that hollering in the distance? If so, that was probably us here at EpicReads because the LOVE, SIMON trailer just dropped!!! AND. IT’S. SO. GOOD. We knew not to expect any less from what we’ve seen so far, but it’s still exciting! It’s not every day one of your all-time favorite books gets a movie adaptation done right! That music! Nick Robinson’s voiceover. Everything! We loved it from the very first second of Simon and Leah laying down on the bed. Let it be noted that you can laugh and then cry and then laugh again all in the course of one minute and 23 seconds.

So we officially have a giant crush on Nick Robinson. And Katherine Langford! Oh, and Alexandra Shipp! And  Keiynan Lonsdale!  I think it’s safe to say we do Love Simon *bad dum tss* But our biggest crush of all is on Becky Albertalli. None of this would be happening if it weren’t for SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA!

What were your thoughts on the trailer? What are you most excited to see in the movie? Tell us in the comments!

 

Update: We have the first teaser footage!

WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS ENTIRE MOVIE IN THEATERS.

 

Update: New edition of the book!

We are SO obsessed with this new look modeled after the cover poster 😍

And don’t worry, the old edition will still be available. But this movie tie-in edition has some exclusives, including bits from the script, photo stills from the movie, interviews with Becky and the cast, and some MORE EXTRAS. Is it March yet?!?!?

You can get this beautiful new book right here!

 

Update: We have our first official poster!

Are you obsessed? We’re obsessed.

 

The Story:

Haven’t read SIMON VS yet? No worries—you’ve still got time! The movie comes out on March 16th, but you should definitely jump on this sooner rather than later. You can thank us afterwards for making your life better, because this book definitely will.

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

 

The Title:

If you read the rest of author Becky Albertalli’s heartfelt thread, you’ll see why she’s on board with this new title: “The movie feels like a love letter. Now the title does too.” And she is SO RIGHT. The movie does the book so much justice, and this is an adorably on point alternate title for one of the sweetest stories we’ve ever read. It’s common for studios to do this, and it means that Fox believes that it can be a mainstream hit. YAS!! 🎉

 

The Cast:

The cast for LOVE, SIMON could not be better. Shall we take you through a brief rundown?

 

Nick Robinson as Simon Spier

You might know Nick from other movies like JURASSIC WORLD, THE FIFTH WAVEor EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, but get ready to know him as our official Simon Spier! For anyone not familiar with the book, Simon is the main character. Sixteen-years-old and still in the closet, Simon bonds with an anonymous classmate in the same situation as him through emails. He’s sympathetic, hilarious, and emotional, and Nick plays him perfectly.

 

Katherine Langford as Leah Burke

Get ready to fall in love with Simon’s best friend all over again. Coming off a powerful turn on Netflix’s THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, Katherine dominates as the dry humored, empathetic Leah. Can Simon’s best friend be all of our best friend, please? In SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, Simon’s secret and the chaos that ensues starts to take a toll on his friendship with Leah, and all we can say when it comes to the film is… get ready for ALL the feels.

 

Keiynan Lonsdale as Bram Greenfield

Not only is Bram a superhero over on the CW, but he’s also a YA veteran—maybe you recognize him from playing Uriah in DIVERGENT? Anyway, Keiynan is playing Bram, who is kind of, sort of our giant SIMON VS crush, and we are so excited to see an LGBTQ+ actor playing an LGBTQ+ character! We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect Bram ourselves, and needing to wait to see these characters come to life is the absolute worst.

 

Jennifer Garner as Emily Spier

If you’re a ’00s kid, you might know Jennifer Garner from, oh, we don’t know, practically all of your favorite movies. Maybe it was her starring turn in 13 GOING ON 30 (a forever classic), or her martial arts skills as Elektra in the original DAREDEVIL. But between us, our favorite has been her emotional role in JUNO—and that’s also exactly why we know she’s the perfect actress to play Simon’s mom. Get ready to laugh and cry. #SorryNotSorry

 

The rest of the cast includes: JOSH DUHAMEL as Simon’s dad, Jack Spier, ALEXANDRA SHIPP and JORGE LENDEBORG, JR. as Abby Suso and Nick Eisner, two of Simon’s other good friends, LOGAN MILLER as Martin Addison, one of Simon’s classmates, TALITHA BATEMAN as Nora Spier, Simon’s adorable little sister, MILES HEIZER as Cal Price, TONY HALE as Mr. Worth, and so many more for you to fall in love with!

 

Behind-the-scenes!

Margot from Team Epic Reads travelled down to the LOVE, SIMON set and got some behind-the-scenes footage! She also may be an extra in the movie… *eyebrow waggle*

 

Any other questions?

You can probably find the answer on Becky’s blog right here! Oh, and we know music plays a pretty big part in SIMON VS. And you know what? The soundtrack of the movie is freaking phenomenal and we are going to have it on repeat 24/7.

 

 


Are you going to read (or re-read SIMON VS before you see the movie)? Or are you going to do it after? Or both?! Let us know in the comments below!

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