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Nick Robinson in Talks to Star in ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ Movie Adaptation

Variety logo Variety 12/7/2016 Dave McNary
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“Jurassic World” star Nick Robinson is in negotiations to star in Fox 2000’s coming-of-age story “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.”

The studio began development of “Simon” in October after it picked movie rights to Becky Albertalli’s 2015 book about a gay teen who has not come out to his classmates. When an email he sent to a boy (that he’s never met) falls into the wrong hands, he finds himself in a complicated situation when he’s blackmailed by the class clown.

Greg Berlanti, one of the architects of DC’s television universe, is attached to direct from a script by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Fox-based Temple Hill, which has produced the Twilight and Maze Runner franchises along with “The Fault in Our Stars,” is producing “Simon” along with Pouya Shahbazian’s New Leaf Literary & Media.

New Leaf’s Chris McEwen will be associate producing. Shahbazian is a producer of the “Divergent” movies.

Robinson is expected to return for the “Jurassic World” sequel. which will be released in 2018. He also starred in “The Kings of Summer” along with Sony’s “The 5th Wave” opposite Chloe Moretz and has been shooting MGM’s “Everything, Everything” with Amandla Stenberg.

Robinson is repped by UTA, Savage Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment and Felker Toczek.

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