Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) The trailer has dropped for upcoming Universal Studios groundbreaking gay romcom Bros, written by and starring out actor and comedian Billy Eichner. The film follows Eichner’s character Bobby Leiber as he stumbles towards love with a fellow gay man (out actor Luke McFarlane), in a cast entirely composed of LGBTQ actors. The film is set to premiere on September 30; watch the trailer below! In more trailer news, Amazon Prime has released the official trailer for the forthcoming film My Fake Boyfriend, out on the streamer June 17. In the comedy, Andrew (out actor Keiynan Lonsdale) creates the perfect fake boyfriend “Cristiano” on social media in order to keep his toxic ex at bay. As Cristiano goes viral, Andrew meets his real-life dream guy, Rafi, leaving him with a whole new set of obstacles; watch the trailer here!
2) Alexandra Billings will star in and executive produce upcoming trans indie flick Queen Tut. After his tailor mother passes away in Cairo, a reserved Egyptian teen starts anew in Toronto. He soon becomes friends with a trans mother (Billings) who encourages him to sew and wear the showpiece dress his own mother never finished in honor of her spirit. In other casting news, Oscar-winning out queer actress Ariana DeBose has joined the cast for Chris Pine’s directorial debut Poolman. The film stars Pine as forlorn dreamer and would-be philosopher Darren Barrenman, who tends to the pool of the Los Angeles Tahitian Tiki apartment block and regularly crashes city council meetings with his neighbors. After discovering a gargantuan LA water heist, Barrenman, desperate to protect his city, reluctantly allies with a gorgeous and connected femme fatale to follow every lead he can from crooked city officials to weary Hollywood stars.
3) Disney is set to produce the documentary Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And the Years That Made His Legend. The film will follow Elton John on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour and retrospectively showcase his career and life through unseen concert footage of him over the past half century, hand-written journals, and current-day footage of him and his family.
Designed to serve as the official feature on @eltonofficial, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is comprised of unseen concert footage of Elton John over the past 50 years, hand-written journals and present-day footage of him and his family https://t.co/vPjYi3v4bp
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 18, 2022
4) Upcoming slasher horror They/Them will head to Peacock in August. Set at a conversion therapy camp, the film follows camp director Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon) and the many queer and trans campers he is attempting to “turn” straight and cisgender. As the camp’s methods devolve into psychological torment and a mysterious killer begins to claim victims, the campers, led by trans and nonbinary character Jordan (out nonbinary actor Theo Germaine), team up to protect each other. Other out actors include Austin Crute, Monique Kim, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch, Darwin del Fabro and Quei Tann.
‘They/Them’: John Logan’s Blumhouse Horror Film Starring Kevin Bacon Heading To Peacock – First Lookhttps://t.co/8YkjWWLsKj
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 12, 2022
5) The official trailer has dropped for upcoming Peacock series Queer as Folk. Queer as Folk is a reimagining of the British series, created by out producer Russell T. Davies, and explores a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. The series centers out stars Devin Way as Brodie, Fin Argus as Mingus, Jesse James Keitel as Ruthie, CG as Shar, Johnny Sibilly as Noah, and Ryan O’Connell as Julian. Queer as Folk will also feature out guest stars Nyle DiMarco as Leo, a charming grad student; Calvin Seabrooks as Taylor, a reluctant dinner party guest; Megan Stalter as Meg, an aspiring singer; Benito Skinner as Jack Cole Jordan, a self-aggrandizing influencer; Chris Renfro as Daddius, a fun-loving hedonist who is always the life of the party; and Armand Fields as Bussey, the reigning drag queen and matriarch of the local scene. The show will premiere June 9.
6) Netflix has relased The Umbrella Academy season three trailer, out on the streamer June 22. The new season returns to the present day, where The Umbrella Academy soon realizes that things aren’t exactly how they left them. The smart and stylish Sparrow Academy immediately clashes with the Umbrellas, leading tochallenges, losses and suprises. The show stars trans actor and trailblazer Elliot Page as Viktor Hargreeves, and included gay character Klaus, watch the trailer below. In more trailer news, Apple TV has released the trailer for season three of For All Mankind. In season three, the Space Race extends to Mars, a new group with a lot to prove and more to lose joins the leagues of the United States and the Soviet Union, and characters’ aspirations and allegiances clash. The show includes astronaut Ellen Wilson (out queer actress Jodi Balfour) and NASA engineer Larry Wilson (Nate Corddry), who are in a Lavendar marraige to help Ellen’s political aspirations. Watch the trailer here!
7) The season three trailer for The Boys has dropped. The upcoming season will introduce new superheroes and continue narrative threads from the previous season, including Homelander’s attempts to clean up the consequences of his affair with racist nazi Stormfront, Starlight and bi character Queen Maeve’s (Dominique McElligott) quest to reveal Vought’s nefarious actions, young Ryan developing his superpowers, and Butcher experimenting with a substance that gives him superpowers for twenty-four hours in the wake of Becca’s death. Watcht the trailer here! In other TV trailer news, Netflix has released the trailer for their upcoming LGBTQ animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park, based on graphic novels by out animation director and comic-book artist Hamish Steele. The horror-comedy follows the adventures of Barney, a transgender teen, voiced by out star Zach Barack. Additional queer voices include Miss Coco Peru, Alan Cumming, MJ Rodriguez and more; watch the trailer below!
8) Out trans actress and Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney has joined the cast of Doctor Who as Rose for it’s upcoming fourteenth season. In other TV news, out actor, dancer and YouTuber JoJo Siwa will star in upcoming Facebook Watch docuseries JoJo Goes. Siwa and her famous friends will go on wacky, exciting adventures as she pushes outside her comfort zone and finds the passions she hasn’t gotten to explore as a super celebrity. Additionally queer actress and playwright Tanya Saracho has announced her upcoming Starz drama series Lovesong. Lovesong will explore love, sex, identity, purpose and the price of happiness as it follows two Mexican-American childhood friends entangled in a love triangle with the same singer-songwriter.
Doctor Who gains its own heartstopper as Yasmin Finney joins the cast ⁰
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) May 16, 2022
9) Rufus Wainwright has released a music video of his cover for Judy Garland’s classic song “Over The Rainbow”, off his upcoming album Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios (watch the music video below!) Additionally, Todrick Hall’s new single “Breath” off his upcoming album Algorhythm is out now (stream it here)! In other music news, the lyric video for MIKA’s single “Yo Yo” is out now (watch it here)!
10) This year’s Critic’s Choice Real TV Awards nominees have officially been announced. LGBTQ picks include 33rd annual GLAAD Media Award winners RuPaul’s Drag Race and We’re Here, along with other LGBTQ-inclusive series Dancing With the Stars, Legendary, The Voice, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, The Real World Homecoming, Jeopardy, Making the Cut, and Project Runway.
Critics Choice Real TV Awards: ‘Top Chef’ Whips Up Leading Five Nominations; Netflix Tops Networks https://t.co/BqGrXAjt26
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 16, 2022
11) In comic book news, in their first pride month issue, Marvel Comics has announced new trans superhero Shela Sexton or Escapade, a silly and compassionate mutant who has the ability to switch places and circumstances with anyone or anything – she could even temporarily become the President. In Escapade’s first adventure, she will carry out a heist with her trans mutant friend Morgan Red and their genetically engineered flying turtle Hibbert. After receiving an ominous vision of the future, Escapade will do anything to prevent its occurrence.
“I hope that Escapade … will inspire trans and nonbinary people everywhere to believe that they, too, can fight for justice with the power of creativity and chosen family,” said author Charlie Jane Anders. https://t.co/QnzmZoa1Cy
— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) May 15, 2022