Booksmart star Mason Gooding has been tapped as one of the stars for Disney+'s Love Simon. The project is a series inspired by the 2018 film, which was based on the 2015 book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Disney+ says, "Set in the world of the film, the series follows 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. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school."
Michael Cimino leads the cast as the main character, Victor. Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, Johnny Sequoyah, Bebe Wood, George Sear and Anthony Turpel also star.
Gooding's character is Andrew, Creekwood’s cocky and popular basketball-loving jock.
“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, content, 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+,” said Executive Producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the original film. “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.”
After recurring on Ballers and guest-starring on The Good Doctor, Gooding, the son of Cuba Gooding, Jr., made his film debut earlier this year in Olivia Wilde's critically-acclaimed comedy, Booksmart. He'll also appear in Netflix's Let It Snow film opposite Kiernan Shipka and Shameik Moore.