Netflix has acquired worldwide film rights to The Last Summer, a new comedy starring KJ Apa.
The Riverdale star, best known to Netflix subscribers as Archie, leads a young ensemble of performers from film, music and television, including Maia Mitchell (The Fosters), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Jacob Latimore (The CHI, Collateral Beauty), Halston Sage (Paper Towns, Before I Fall), Sosie Bacon (13 Reasons Why), Gage Golightly (Red Oaks), Wolfgang Novogratz (Grown-ish), Jacob McCarthy (A.P. Bio), Mario Revolori (Sierra Burgess is a Loser), and Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice)
From Gulfstream Pictures Productions, the romantic comedy follows this group of teens in the months before college, as they navigate relationships with family and friends over a Chicago summer before moving on to adulthood.
The film is directed by Bill Bindley (Madison), who co-wrote the script with Scott Bindley. It is produced by Mike Karz (Blended, Valentine’s Day), with Bindley and Wayne Rice (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve) serving as Executive Producers.
“We have had a wonderful experience working together on “Green Eggs and Ham” series and are thrilled to expand that relationship with our first Netflix feature film “The Last Summer,” says Karz.
“I grew up on movies like “Fast Times” and “Say Anything,” and those films became iconic in large part because of their great casts,” adds Bindley. “We’re really lucky to have this incredible group of young actors sign on with us.”
Principal photography began in May in Cleveland, Ohio. Netflix will release the film in 2019.