Prepare to say “hi” to some new faces 🍂
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY NETFLIX
Back in spring, the heartwarming queer teen drama Heartstopper – adapted from Alice Oseman’s graphic novels of the same name – premiered on Netflix and LGBTQIA audiences around the world instantly became obsessed. The show has been praised for its diverse representation and how it serves up bucket loads of queer joy and love.
Since the announcement that the show had been renewed for two more seasons, we fans have been eagerly awaiting more news. Well DIVAs, the time has finally come. Yesterday Netflix introduced us to some new faces we will soon get to meet in the second season which is now officially in production.
We can’t wait to be reunited with Joe Locke (Charlie), Kit Connor (Nick), Yasmin Finney (Elle), William Gao (Tao), Tobie Donovan (Isaac), Sebastian Croft (Ben), Corinna Brown (Tara), Kizzy Edgell (Darcy), Rhea Norward (Imogen) and Jenny Walser (Tori).
We now also know who has been cast as some of the new characters we’ll get to meet this time around. Leila Khan is making her professional acting debut as Sahar Zahid, a classmate of Elle, Tara and Darcy. Bradley Riches will play James McEwan, a new Truman school student and Nima Taleghani will take on Mr Farouk, a Truman school teacher. While fans of the graphic novels have an idea of what shenanigans might await these characters and the rest of the cast in season two, I don’t want to give away too much. I’ll just say this, a lot goes down in Paris and I’m looking forward to hopefully hearing some of Nick’s French after hearing Kit say “bonjour” in the Netflix video.
Adapting the story from graphic novel form to the screen allows audiences to see much more of the character’s lives. And there’s still one new cast member I haven’t mentioned yet. Jack Barton who will play David – Nick’s older brother.
In the first season, we get to see Nick navigate coming to terms with his bisexuality and he comes out to his Mum (played by Olivia Colman) in a heartwarming scene that empowered many young viewers to come out to their own parents. However, readers of the graphic novels will know that not everyone in Nick’s life is as supportive. It will be interesting to see how the show explores Nick’s relationship with his brother.
While a release date is yet to be confirmed for the upcoming season, we can cross our fingers that like the first time around it will hit our screens in April (or sooner 🤞).
Here’s how Heartstopper fans are reacting to the news
WE ARE IN THE HEARTSTOPPER SEASON 2 ERA NOW GUYS ITS REAL pic.twitter.com/TZSozEFly7— TAO BIRTH (@Ioverspring) September 22, 2022
i’m sobbing pic.twitter.com/ugmRKna4jv— out of context heartstopper (@heartstooc) September 23, 2022
older heartstopper fans said that watching the show was almost painful as it’s a reminder of things they didn’t experience when they were younger…these two are for for them pic.twitter.com/HC9JSvythI— angel🍂 | midnights era🕕 (@narliesversion) September 22, 2022