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Love is in the air, and it’s just in time for spring with Netflix’s new series Heart stroke. Based on the online comic and graphic novel series of the same name by Alice Osman, Heart stroke is an LGTBQ+ young adult series about a teenager named Charlie (Joe Locke) and her relationship with her classmate, Nick (Kit Connor). It’s a heartwarming story about young love, being yourself, discovering your identity, and finding your place in this big world.
Fans of the comic have been eagerly awaiting the release of this series since it was announced in January 2021. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the source material or unfamiliar with the Heart stroke series, here’s everything you need to know about this upcoming boy-on-boy romance.
What is Heartstopper?
The story of Heart stroke centers on Charlie Spring, an openly gay teenager who attends an all-boys high school. Charlie is anxious and nervous, but he begins to let go of some of his inhibitions once he develops a friendship with school rugby player Nick Nelson. Nick is kind, easy-going and well, straight. Or so Charlie thinks. As Charlie’s feelings for Nick begin to grow beyond mere platonic friendship, he becomes increasingly convinced that their relationship will never be anything more than just friends. But Nick just might have his own secret crush, and together they’ll discover that love can often be found in the most unlikely places.
Heart stroke is a coming-of-age tale about sexuality, identity, mental health, love and friendship. With a large and diverse cast of characters, it seeks to portray a wide range of struggles modern teens face in a way that remains lighthearted and heartwarming to watch.
The characters of Nick and Charlie originally appeared in Oseman’s first novel, Solitarywhich focuses on Charlie’s older sister, Tori (jenny walser). the Heart stroke the comics expand on their story, and Tori is always featured, often offering Charlie some sage advice from her older sister. fans of Solitary will be able to see Tori come to life on screen in the Heart stroke adaptation.
Is there a trailer for Heartstopper?
On March 16, 2022, Netflix released the show’s first teaser. The trailer shows Charlie, Nick and their friends as they navigate a new school year. Eagle-eyed fans will be able to spot several shots in the trailer that directly mirror panels from the comics. If that teaser is anything to go by, we should see several moments of Alice Oseman’s art from the comics brought to life in this adaptation, which is sure to please die-hard comic book fans.
How can I watch Heartstopper?
The series will be released on Friday, April 22, 2022. Heart stroke is a Netflix original series, which means you’ll need a subscription to the streaming service to watch it. Netflix currently offers three plan options for $9.99, $15.49, or $19.99.
The first season of the show will consist of eight episodes of approximately 30 minutes each. All eight episodes will be available to stream when the series premieres, so get ready for a binge-watch.
Who’s in Heartstopper?
In early 2021, an open casting call went out to find actors who would play seven of the show’s main and recurring characters. In April 2021, it was announced that newcomer Joe Locke would direct the series as Charlie Spring. The announcement also revealed that Kit Connor, who played a young Elton John in Rocketman and voiced Pantalaimon in Its dark materialswould play Nick Nelson.
This series will be the screen debut of several other young actors including Guillaume Gao like Tao, Yasmine Finney like her, and Kizzy Edgell like Darcy. The cast is also joined by Corinne Brown like Tara and jenny walser like Tori Spring. Sebastien Croftwho has made appearances in popular series such as game of thrones and Doom Patrolwill play Ben Hope.
Alice Oseman adapted her own story for television and served as the show’s writer. The series is directed by Euro Lynwho directed episodes of other successful UK shows including Doctor Who, sherlockand black mirror. More recently, Lyn directed the charming comedy-drama dream horse featuring Toni Collette and Damien Lewis.
the Heart stroke the graphic novels were written and illustrated by Alice Oseman. Oseman is a UK-based author who has written several young adult novels, including Radio silence and I was born for this. They first got a publishing deal at just 17 and went on to publish their first novel, Solitary, several years later. They had already published their first two novels and two e-book short stories by the time they graduated with a degree in English Literature from Durham University.
Oseman’s work often focuses on the identity, coming of age, and everyday life of modern adolescents and young adults. Their latest book, without loveis based on Oseman’s own experience of going through college as an aromantic asexual person.
If you’re looking to get into the source material ahead of this adaptation’s release, you have several options for reading Nick and Charlie’s story.
The series started as a webcomic and continues to be updated digitally three times a month on the 1st, 11th and 21st. You can access the full comic and catch new updates for free on the Heart stroke tumblr, WebtoonsWhere Tapas.
If you prefer a physical copy of the graphic novel, volumes 1-4 are available for purchase on Amazon and from your local bookseller. Oseman also published a Heart stroke coloring book available for purchase alongside paperback editions of the comic. So you’ll definitely have time to catch up on all the source material before the series finally hits Netflix on April 22.
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