What do we love more than a Netflix LGBTI romcom? One inspired by French literature, of course.
The streaming platform’s new romantic tale of lesbian teenage love will be loosely based on the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.
The Half Of It is the story of a shy Chinese-American straight-A student who helps the school’s jock to win the girl they both love.
How? He hires her to pen romantic messages and verses addressed to their object of desire.
If you’re familiar with the original story of the French novelist, you might already know how this will pan out.
Who’s in the cast?
Charmed actor Leah Lewis, Alexxis Lemire and Daniel Diemer play Ellie Chu — our present-day Cyrano — Aster Flores, and Paul Munsky respectively.
Becky Ann Baker, Catherine Curtin, Wolfgang Novogratz and Enrique Murciano will also star.
Writer-director Alice Wu is behind the camera of this new project, a follow-up to her 2004 critically acclaimed lesbian dramedy Saving Face.
Get ready for The Half Of It – Alice Wu's first film in 15 years since her breakout queer romance Saving Face. https://t.co/SID3plc1Al
— Netflix Film @ Sundance (@NetflixFilm) April 22, 2019
‘Get ready for The Half Of It – Alice Wu’s first film in 15 years since her breakout queer romance Saving Face,’ Netflix Film tweeted to announce production has begun.
Fans are already shipping Ellie and Aster
As Netflix is due to announce a release date soon, fans are already in love with the protagonists.
the gays of netflix’s upcoming lesbian romcom “the half of it” LETS GO LESBIANS LETS GO pic.twitter.com/N2U7vwyEde
— susie (@tzusahyo) April 23, 2019
This is Leah Lewis and Alexxis Lemire who are playing lesbians in the upcoming Netflix film “The Half of It” directed by Alice Wu who also directed the lesbian movie Saving Face….this movie is going to be GOOOOOD pic.twitter.com/uvOZUTNROd
— dyvesaᵕ̈ (@gIossyerim) April 23, 2019