This Is Us actress Rachel Naomi Hilson has joined the cast of the upcoming Love, Simon Disney+ series, which is based on the hit film of the same name.
According to Deadline, Hilson is replacing previously announced actress Johnny Sequoyah as Mia. Who Disney+ describes as the “whip-smart friend with a quick and easy laugh” friend of the main character Victor, played by Michael Cimino (Annabelle Comes Home).
The series will be set in the same world of the film and follows new character Victor on his 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.
Star of the original film Nick Robinson is on board as producer and narrator of the series. Alongside Michael is Ana Ortiz who plays Victor’s loving mother, James Martinez as Armando, Victor’s father. Mateo Fernandez as Adrian, Victor’s adorable, good-natured little brother, Bebe Wood as Lake, Mia’s quirky and social media-obsessed best friend, George Sear as Benji, Victor’s confident and charming classmate, Anthony Turpel as Felix, Victor’s lanky, awkward new neighbor, and Mason Gooding as Andrew, Creekwood’s cocky and popular basketball-loving jock.
The series comes from Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the movie as well. Aptaker and Berger wrote and executive produce the new series. Joining them as executive producers will be Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, Pouya Shahbazian, Brian Tanen, Jason Ensler, Adam Fishbach, and Wyck Godfrey. Amy York Rubin directs the first episode of the series while her creative partner, Pilar Boehm, co-executive produces.
Production is currently underway in Los Angeles, Ca, and is expected to debut on the service next year.