It was just this morning that we here at Autostraddle were talking about Netflix’s latest entry into its quickly growing POC-led rom-com canon, Someone Great, which features a black lesbian BFF in the laugh out loud comedy. Two summers ago, Netflix added a lesbian BFF to yet another POC-led rom-com, this time The Incredible Jessica James. We wondered, when was Netflix going to finally move all these lesbians from the requisite “best friend role” and let them be the leading lady ready to woo other ladies that we all deserve?
Well, praise the queer heavens, ask and you shall receive! This very afternoon Netflix has announced the production of its newest teen comedy Half Of It, a modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac where a hapless high school jock hires the nerdy girl in school to write love letters to the girl they both secretly love.
If you remember your own high school or college English classes and are already familiar with Cyrano de Bergerac, then you know how this tale ends – in the original, the object of their affection falls for the letter writer instead. Which means we have a real teenage lesbian love story on our hands!
BUT WAIT FOR IT BECAUSE THERE IS MORE!
The two lead girls in question? Both are going to be played by women of color! Leah Lewis will play Chinese American Ellie Chu and Alexxis Lemire will play her potential love interest, Aster Flores.
So, now we have two girls of color falling for each other on the big (errr, streaming) screen.
BUT WAIT AGAIN BECAUSE WE’RE NOT DONE YET!
The director of this film? None other than Alice Wu. Why do you feel like you’ve heard that name before? Because she’s the director of the iconic lesbian film Saving Face, a 2004 romantic comedy about two Asian American 20somethings falling in and out of love in New York that’s already burned out the DVDs and streaming queue of every young gay pop culture nerd who’s looked to find herself on screen.
That means we are looking at: A LESBIAN TEEN LOVE STORY COMING TO NETFLIX STARRING TWO WOMEN OF COLOR AND DIRECTED BY AN ICONIC LESBIAN OF COLOR DIRECTOR!
I have nothing left to say. I can only speak in skull emojis. Because I am so overwhelmed with joy at this news that I am surely no longer speaking to you from this earthly plane.
Watch out 2019 – lesbian, bisexual, and queer women are coming for you! We’re coming for your feature films, your television series, and yes your Saturday afternoon “watch in my PJs with a homemade mimosa in a coffee mug” Netflix original movies. We are taking no prisoners.