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16th Mar 2022

WATCH: The trailer for Netflix’s new queer love series Heartstopper is here

Katy Brennan

Our hearts aren’t ready.

Netflix has released the first trailer and premiere date for its upcoming romance series Heartstopper.

The plot follows shy and introverted student Charlie (Joe Locke) as he attends an all-boys grammar school and meets an enigmatic classmate named Nick (Kit Connor).

The pair strike up an unlikely friendship that quickly turns into a blossoming romance, resulting in a beautiful tale of adolescent love.

Along with their peers, Nick and Charlie must navigate teenage life and embark on a relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Viewers can expect both happy and sad tears throughout.

The plot will also delve into some difficult topics that affect teens, including eating disorders and depression.

The official synopsis reads: “When gentle Charlie and rugby-loving Nick meet at secondary school, they quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance.

“Charlie, Nick and their circle of friends must navigate the ever-relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.”

The series is an adaptation of author Alice Oseman’s web comic Heartstopper, which was published in 2016.

Commenting on the casting for the two lead roles, Oseman said:

“They’re both so talented, sweet, funny, smart and so perfect. It has been such fun getting to know them and welcoming them into the Heartstopper universe, and I can’t wait to see them bring the characters to life on screen.”

Meanwhile, director Euros Lyn (who is known for his work on Doctor Who) also applauded the lead actors, saying: “I can’t imagine a more perfect pair than Kit and Joe to play Nick and Charlie, and bring their joyous love story to life on screen.”

The show also stars William Gao, Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell and Game of Thrones star Sebastian Croft.

Heartstopper arrives on Netlfix on 22 April.