Watch: Netflix Drops First Trailer for Gay Romance Series 'Heartstopper'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday March 17, 2022

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for "Heartstopper," a same-sex romance set at an English school, which premieres in April.

"'Heartstopper' tells the love story of sensitive athlete Nick (Kit Connor) and introspective overthinker Charlie (Joe Locke), an unlikely duo who meet in class and slowly form an unexpectedly close friendship," the description says.

Of the minute-long teaser trailer that released on March 16, Netflix said this: "It's just a sneak peek at what's to come in the eight-part series, but the video is chock-full of bedroom dancing, awkward flirting, rugby shenanigans and a whole lot of yearning."

The characters and storyline began in 2016 with an online comic by Alice Oseman. "Six years and four physical volumes later, we'll finally get to see Nick and Charlie fall for each other on screen — and we'll also get to see the rest of their crew, including Charlie's sister Tori (Jenny Walser) and friends Tao (William Gao), Elle (Yasmin Finney), Tara (Corinna Brown), and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell)," Netflix teased.

"When the show was first reported last year, Oseman herself spoke out in celebration of the two leads' involvement," Digital Spy recalled.

"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," Oseman said.

What's On Netflix presented an array of details about the upcoming show, which premieres April 22:

"Award-winning director Euros Lyn, known for his work on 'Sherlock,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Daredevil,' and more will helm all eight episodes of the series," the site shared, adding that each episode will run 30 minutes.

"I can't imagine a more perfect pair than Kit and Joe to play Nick and Charlie and bring their joyous love story to live on screen," the director said.

Netflix is planning to release all eight episodes at once, rather than making them available one at a time.

Watch the teaser trailer below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.