After revealing the primary actors in April, Netflix confirmed in January that they were adapting the “Heartstopper” graphic novel into a live-action series. While no release date has been confirmed, they have announced that the series would consist of eight half-hour episodes. It shouldn’t be long until filming begins now that they also have their actors, so our best guess is a 2022 release date. Because it will be available on Netflix, the episodes will likely be released all at once in a bingable manner.
Joe Locke portrays Charlie, the film’s overly cerebral and openly gay lead character. William Gao plays Tao, Yasmin Finney plays Elle, and Tobie Donovan plays a new character named Isaac, a bookworm. Kit Connor portrays Nick. Imogen, a new character created specifically for the show, is played by Rhea Norwood, his fearless companion. Ben is performed by “Game of Thrones” actor Sebastian Croft. Corinna Brown plays Tara, Kizzy Edgell plays Darcy, and Cormac Hyde-Corrin plays Harry, completing the core cast.
Aled, a beloved character from the comic, is conspicuously absent from this version. Oseman explained in a tweet that she didn’t want to change his storey from her novel “Radio Silence” to fit into the Netflix show. Charlie’s younger brother Oliver is also absent because he doesn’t contribute much to the plot, but Charlie’s sister Tori is the present glaring omission from the cast.
The fundamental themes of “Heartstopper” are love, friendship, and mental illness. The plot revolves around rugby players Nick, a happy and loving person, and Charlie, the openly gay overthinker, who’ve become friends at their all-boys school. Unfortunately, Nick quickly smites Charlie, but he never expects Nick to feel the same way about him. The first eight episodes will most likely follow the graphic novel’s plot but with significant alterations due to the introduction of new characters.
Director and producer Patrick Walters stated: “This production of ‘Heartstopper’ celebrates uniqueness, promotes acceptance, and most importantly, makes you grin. The actors in this film do just that, infusing their performances with passion, wit, and nuance.”