In addition to all of the queer films coming to Netflix this summer, the streaming service is also kicking off production on a new lesbian film.
With Charmed actress Leah Lewis as lead, Netflix has now announced that they have started work on The Half of It, a teenage rom-com. Written by Alice Wu, the project is a follow up to her 2004 film Saving Face. That earlier project was nominated for a Gotham Award and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film in Limited Release.
In the new film, Lewis is cast alongside Daniel Diemer and Alexxis Lemire, both of whom also were in Saving Face. Lewis, as Ellie Chu, is “a shy, introverted, Chinese-American, straight-A student,” that “finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love,” according to Deadline, which broke the news. They also characterize the show as being “a modern day Cyrano-meets-Pygmalion.”
There is no debut date yet, but as the film recently started production, it can be expected to be quite a ways off. The Half of It will join a short list of queer rom coms that notably includes Love, Simon which itself is being developed into a series by Disney for their streaming platform, Disney+.
In the meanwhile, viewers can watch projects like Below Her Mouth, Concussion, Blue is the Warmest Color, and Princess Cyd, all lesbian films that are available on Netflix. Over the next two months, Pose and Moonlight, two other queer projects centering people of color, will also be added.