The rom-com follow-up, which premieres June 19 on Hulu, centers around new characters exploring their sexual identities

By Benjamin VanHoose
May 27, 2020 10:03 AM

Love is in the air!

On Tuesday, Hulu dropped the first trailer for Love, Victor, its upcoming LGBTQ coming-of-age comedy set in the same world as the 2018 film Love, Simon. Set to premiere on June 19, the series stars Michael Cimino as Victor, a newly enrolled student at Creekwood High School embarking on his path to self-discovery while exploring his sexuality.

Throughout the season's 10 episodes, Victor seeks help from Simon, who was outed as gay in the original movie, which was based on the 2015 young-adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

"Sixteen will be the year I finally figure out what I want," says Victor in the trailer as he types a message on his laptop, signing off, "Love, Victor."

The series which was originally slated to launch on Disney+, but was shifted to Hulu to reach a more mature audience — also stars Ugly Betty alum Ana Ortiz as Victor's mother, and Rachel Hilson, who plays a young Beth on This Is Us.

Michael Cimino as Victor
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The 2018 movie starred Jurassic World actor Nick Robinson in the title role, along with Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as Simon's parents. While promoting the film at the time, the two stars shared how they'd react if their own children came out as gay.

“I truly just want my kid to be happy and passionate about what it is that he loves,” Duhamel, 47, said of his son Axl Jack, 6. “If he came out he was gay, so be it, if that makes him happy. I truly believe that’s what it would be and maybe it’s because I waited a while before I became a parent.”

Garner, 48, noted that their kids are growing up in a different time and her children —  Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, 8 — already speak open-mindedly about the possibility of marrying a man or a woman.

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“My kids are growing up saying, ‘Someday when I get married, I don’t know if I’ll marry a man or a woman,'” she said at the time. “That door is open in a way that it never has been, and they really do know, ‘Oh this is so and so and this is his husband,’ and ‘This is so and so and this is her wife,’ and that has completely been normalized, at least for my kids and hopefully will be for this next generation.”

Garner went on to say that if any of her children are gay, she hopes they choose to confide in her.

“I think it would be a conversation that somebody would be a part of, hopefully me, but somebody in their lives will be a part of from a much earlier stage, so that it wouldn’t be as involved with the teen angst,” she said. “But I certainly, my kids would know that I would be super gung-ho.”

Love, Victor premieres on June 19 on Hulu.