Alexandra Shipp as Abby, Nick Robinson as Simon, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Nick and Katherine Langford as Leah in hit LGBT movie Love, Simon
UPDATED: Soon to launch streaming service Disney+ is bringing the world of hit LGBT movie Love, Simon to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Disney+ has ordered a series based on the 2018 book Leah on the Offbeat, Becky Albertalli's sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the book on which Love, Simon was based. However, Becky Albertalli took to her Instagram to correct the story.
Though details are scarce, Albertalli says the series is not a remake of Love, Simon nor is it an adaption of the sequel Leah on the Offbeat. It is a series set in the world of Simon. The screenwriters of Love, Simon, Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, will return to write the series and produce it alongside Dan Fogelman, who created NBC drama This Is Us.
While Love, Simon is the funny, romantic coming out story of seventeen year old Simon Spier, Leah on the Offbeat focuses on Simon’s best friend, Leah Burke. It picks up a year after Love, Simon finishes and finds Leah hiding a secret only her mother knows - she’s bisexual. Her friend Abby seems to have a crush on her but is firmly in the closet and unresolved about her sexuality.
Leah is a complex character – she suffers from anxiety and self-esteem issues, struggles with her weight, comes from a disadvantaged single-parent home and isn’t always nice to the people she cares about. The book follows Leah through her senior year of high school, dealing with her sexuality, body image, self-esteem and blossoming relationship with Abby.
Australian actress Katherine Langton played Leah in Love, Simon, however The Hollywood Reporter says the show will be re-cast. Disney+ is not confirming any details yet.