ALISON BOSHOFF: Netflix’s LGBTQ+ drama Heartstopper will focus on asexuality in season two
Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper novels sparked one of the biggest global hits on Netflix last year, and in series two there will be a character particularly close to her heart.
Oseman has let slip that one of her young protagonists will be just like her. She told Attitude magazine: ‘I am both Ace and Aro. Those words mean little-to-no sexual attraction or little-to-no romantic attraction.
‘Netflix will hate me for spilling but, yes, asexuality will be discussed in a really big way. I’m excited. I hope it will change the world. It’s a complicated thing to understand about yourself. People are asking the wrong questions.’
It comes after social media accounts for both Heartstopper and Netflix took to Instagram last year to announce that the show was back in production with a sweet video.
The clip kicks off with lead stars Kit Connor (Nick Nelson) and Joe Locke (Charlie Spring) holding the season two script in their hands, before looking at the camera and saying: ‘Oh hi.’
One to watch: Season two of Netflix’s LGBTQ+ drama Heartstopper will focus on asexuality (pictured Kit Connor and Joe Locke)
It then flashes on to other cast members – including William Gao (Tao Xu), Yasmin Finney (Elle Argent) and Tobie Donovan (Isaac Henderson) – waving and greeting the camera.
The group are then joined by Rhea Norwood (Imogen Heaney), Corinna Brown (Tara Jones) and Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olsson), and they all share a group hug.
Other cast members then greet the camera by saying ‘Hi’, mimicking the sweet on-screen interactions between lead characters Charlie and Nick at the beginning of their budding romance.
The cast – including Sebastian Croft (Ben Hope) and Jenny Walster (Tori Spring) – then take part in a table read, with Joe and Rhea both looking animated as they perform their lines.
The overjoyed group all start clapping as it appears the first read-through for the hotly-anticipated second series is a success.
The video went on to tease a number of new cast members also, as four new faces were seen appearing on screen and greeting the camera during the montage.
The end of the video teased the storyline for the second series, with Kit saying ‘Bonjour’, hinting at the school trip to the French capital, which takes place in Alice’s third book.
Alongside the sweet video, a caption read: ‘Heartstopper season 2 is officially in production! get ready to say hi to some brand new faces.’
Popular: The show has already been a huge hit for Netflix in over 50 countries, and the streaming giant has already ordered series two and three (Yasmin Finney and William Gao pictured)
Joining the cast for the second series are Leila Khan as student Sahar Zahid, Jack Barton as Nick’s older brother David, Bradley Riches as student James McEwan, and Nima Taleghani as teacher Mr Farouk, according to Deadline.
All the leading cast from the first series are also returning, including appearances by Olivia Coleman and Stephen Fry, who featured in a voiceover as the headmaster of Truham Grammar.
The eight-part show has already been renewed for two more seasons and the upcoming second series is also expected to focus heavily on Charlie’s eating disorder.
The first series saw schoolboy Charlie fall in love his classmate Nick, forcing them to navigate a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.
It ended with Charlie and Nick becoming boyfriends and Nick coming out to his mother, played by Olivia Coleman.
The show has already been a huge hit for Netflix in over 50 countries, and the streaming giant has already ordered series two and three.
Author: Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper novels sparked one of the biggest global hits on Netflix last year, and in series two there will be a character particularly close to her heart