Watch The Trailer For Netflix’s Lesbian Rom-Com ‘The Half Of It’
Alice Wu’s The Half of It hits the streamer on May 1…
Netflix’s upcoming lesbian rom-com, The Half of It, has just dropped its first trailer. The film is writer and director Alice Wu’s second film, after Saving Face, which was released back in 2004.
Leah Lewis stars as Ellie Chu, an introverted overachiever in a small, conservative town who makes money writing English papers for her classmates. When jock Paul (Daniel Diemer) turns to her to help him compose love letters to popular girl Aster (Alexxis Lemire), Ellie and Paul strike up an unlikely friendship — but only Ellie knows that they’ve both fallen for the same girl.
The film had been set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, which was scheduled to begin next week before the coronavirus pandemic forced widespread cancellations across festivals, productions, concert tours, and film releases. “Is it a bummer? It is,” Wu says of losing the film’s festival premiere and theatrical release. “But frankly I’m just lucky I have a film that can be seen at all.”
You can watch the trailer for Netflix’s The Half Of It below:
“I remember reading the synopsis and thinking to myself, ‘Oh, this is new. This is very brand new,’” Lewis said. “But when I read the script, that was when I remember telling my rep and the ones that are closest to me, ‘If I’m not Ellie Chu, I will be so upset. I will cry if I don’t somehow get to be a part of this incredible project.’” The subversive Cyrano de Bergerac-inspired rom-com “is so not what you would expect” says Lewis. “It’s not just about love, it’s about Ellie finding herself, it’s about Ellie being the outsider.”
Alice Wu’s The Half of It hits the streamer on May 1.