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'Annabelle Comes Home' Star Michael Cimino To Star in Disney Plus's 'Love Simon' Series

Michael Cimino has signed on to star in the lead role of Disney Plus’s Love, Simon series.

The Annabelle Comes Home actor will play Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation.

When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school, Variety reports.

Michael joins Ana Ortiz, who will play Victor’s mother Isabel, and original movie star Nick Robinson, who will narrate the half-hour series in addition to serving as producer.

Other young stars joining the series include: James Martinez as Armando, Victor’s regular blue collar “guy’s guy” father who loves his family deeply and works hard for his family; Isabella Ferreira as Pilar, Victor’s sullen younger sister in the throws of teenage angst, and Mateo Fernandez will make his acting debut as Adrian, Victor’s adorable, good-natured little brother.

Johnny Sequoyah as Mia, Victor’s whip-smart friend with a quick wit and easy laugh; Bebe Wood as Lake, Mia’s quirky and social media-obsessed best friend; George Sear as Benji, Victor’s confident and charming classmate; Anthony Turpel as Felix, Victor’s lanky, awkward new neighbor; and Mason Gooding as Andrew, Creekwood’s cocky and popular basketball-loving jock have also joined the series.

The series is set to begin production this month in Los Angeles.

Michael Cimino Dead - 'Deer Hunter' Director Dies at 77

Michael Cimino, the director of the classic movie The Deer Hunter, has died at age 77.

The news was revealed by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux on Twitter. “Michael Cimino has died, in peace, surrounded by friends and the two women who love him. We love him too,” he wrote in French.

The filmmaker won two Oscars for his work on the film – Best Director and Best Picture as a producer. His next film was the infamous Heaven’s Gate, which was one of the biggest movie disasters of all time and led to the demise of its studio United Artists. A restoration of the full uncut movie in 2012 changed a lot of critics’ perception of the film.

We send our thoughts and condolences to Michael‘s loved ones during this difficult time.