The upcoming Disney+ series "Love, Simon" has added its first cast member.
Ana Ortiz signed on for a starring role, Deadline reports. The series is a spinoff of the 2018 movie of the same name, which in turn is based on the young adult novel "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. While those projects centered on a boy named Simon (Nick Robinson), the series follows a boy named Victor. Ortiz's character is his mother, Isabel.
Ortiz recently starred in ABC's action comedy-drama "Whiskey Cavalier" as Susan Sampson, an FBI profiler. The network canceled the series in May, but then reportedly considered renewing it after all. Unfortunately for fans, nothing changed; ABC "fully and finally" pulled the plug very shortly thereafter. Their loss is a win for "Love, Simon," though -- Ortiz is a TV vet who has also starred in the shows "Devious Maids" and "Ugly Betty."
"Love, Simon" the series is written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. They serve as executive producers alongside showrunner Brian Tanen, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, and Pouya Shahbazian. The project comes from 20th Century Fox TV.
Disney+, Disney's forthcoming streaming service, is slated to launch in November.