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) First look images are out for upcoming Hulu original film Crush, which stars out actresses Rowan Blanchard and Auli’i Cravalho. The film follows an ambitious young artist who, when forced to join her high school track team, initially capitalizes it to pursue the girl she’s been harboring a long-time crush on. But she begins to instead fall for an unexpected teammate and soon discovers what real love feels like.
2) A preview is out for Hallmark Channel original movie Love, Classified. In the film, romance novelist Emilia returns to reconnect with her children after a long absence and discovers that they are also finding their own paths to love. Out actress Arienne Mandi plays Frankie, the queer love interest of Emilia’s daughter Taylor (Katherine McNamara). In more film news, out nonbinary actor Quintessa Swindell was cast as the lead role in upcoming rock climbing thriller Deadpoint. Swindell plays a young woman who is determined to finish the dangerous mountain climb that killed her father, and is targeted halfway through by a merciless group of criminals after witnessing their murder. Alone in the unrelenting wilderness, and clinging to a sheer rock wall, her only escape is up.
3) Sarah DeLappe will adapt Dorothy Baker’s novel Cassandra at the Wedding into a feature film. The book follows Cassandra Edwards, a gay, brilliant, anxious and despondent Berkeley student who drives back to her family ranch in the Sierra foothills to attend her identical twin Judith’s wedding to a nice young doctor from Connecticut. Cassandra, however, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding. Additionally, Peacock has ordered a one hour sketch comedy special titled Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Berlant and John Early set to release this summer. The special will showcase Berlant and out actor Early playing exaggerated versions of themselves reuniting in the aftermath of a public falling out from years prior, as well as a variety of other characters.
Neon Buys Rights To Dorothy Baker Novel ‘Cassandra At The Wedding’; Sets Sarah Delappe To Adapt https://t.co/fHYr6OhCxz
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) March 29, 2022
4) A trailer has dropped for the second season of Gentleman Jack. Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) and Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) set up home together as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple. Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit and unconventional love life frightens locals, and her refusal to keep a low profile soon becomes provocative and dangerous. Joanna Scanlan will join the cast as Isabella “Tib” Norcliffe, Lister’s outrageous former lover.
5) Out trans actor Elliot Page has posted the first image and new name of his character from the upcoming third season of The Umbrella Academy. Viktor Hargreeves is shown sitting at a diner with his adopted sibling Allison Hargreeves, and his new look reflects Page’s own transition. Additionally, Queer and trans playwright Juliany Taveras will adapt the script for a series based on Kacen Callender’s young adult novel Felix Ever After. Published in 2020, the book details the experiences of a black, queer, transgender high school student as he goes on a journey of self-discovery, deals with bullying and falls in love for the first time.
6) Nancy Drew spinoff series Tom Swift announced the premiere date of May 31. After the death of his father, brilliant and unimaginably wealthy inventor Tom Swift (out bisexual actor Tian Richards) sets out to learn the truth, leaving his comfortable home to investigate unexplained phenomena and evade the Illuminati-scale group intent to stop him. Potential love interests include his bodyguard Isaac (out trans actor Marquise Vilsón), who is committed to his chosen family yet is developing feelings for Tom, and the mysterious and dangerous Rowan (Albert Mwangi). Additionally, a trailer has dropped for season five of Elite. When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. A multitude of queer characters, relationships, and storylines feature throughout the series, including Ander and Omar as well as Rebeka and Mencía.
7) Cara Delevingne has been cast in season two of Only Murders in the Building. Savage, Putnam, and Mora – three neighbors who started a podcast about a suspicious death ruled a suicide in their New York apartment – now race to unmask the killer. Unfortunately, they have been implicated in the homicide, a competing podcast has surfaced, and their neighbors now think they are murderers. Delevingne plays sophisticated art world insider Alice, who becomes enmeshed in the mysterious death. Additionally, new cast additions for upcoming series City on Fire includes out actors Nico Tortorella, Kathleen Munroe, and John Cameron Mitchell. The series takes place on Independence Day in 2003, when an NYU student, Samantha, is shot. As her murder is investigated, it becomes clear that she is the key link between mysterious fires throughout the city, the downtown music scene, and a secretive wealthy uptown real estate family. Tortorella plays brilliant, tortured artist William who lives in Manhattan with his boyfriend, Munroe plays no-nonsense Detective PJ McFadden, and Mitchell plays powerful and ruthless executive Amory.
8) The music video for beabadoobee’s single “Talk” off her upcoming album Beatopia is out now – watch it below! Additionally, the music video for mxmtoon’s single “Sad Disco” off her upcoming second album rising is out now (watch it here)!
9) Out singer and actor Dove Cameron released a new music video for her single “Boyfriend.” Watch it below! In other music news, La Neve’s new single “Soft Power” off their upcoming EP History Solved is out now (listen here)!
10) This year’s BAFTA TV Award nominations include 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees Vigil and It’s a Sin (out actors Olly Alexander, Callum Scott Howells, David Carlyle, and Omari Douglas were additionally nominated). Other nominees include The Graham Norton Show, Call My Agent, Mare of Easttown, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, We Are Lady Parts, and Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, as well as out comedians Graham Norton and Joe Lycett. In other awards season news, this year’s Artios Awards winners include 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees West Side Story, Shiva Baby, Pose, Queer Eye, and additional nominee Big Mouth.
BAFTA Organizers Spotlight Focus On New Voices In 2022; Two-Thirds Of Nominees In Performance Categories Are First-Timers https://t.co/4kwjVESmAt
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) March 30, 2022
11) Outfest Fusion celebrates its nineteenth year with a 2022 lineup including seven feature films and fifty-two short films highlighting the stories of queer and trans filmmakers of color. Features comprise BLACK AS U R, FINLANDIA, Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way, Mustache Mondays (Artbound), Transversals, White Frog, and WILDHOOD.
— Out Magazine (@outmagazine) March 22, 2022