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) Netflix has announced the adaptation of the animated film Nimona, based off of out animation producer ND Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel. The LGBTQ-themed film, set in a techno-medieval world, is an inclusive story about the labels we assign to people and the shapeshifter who refuses to be defined by anyone. Out actor and activist Eugene Lee Yang will star as Ambrosius Goldenloin, alongside Chloe Grace Moretz as Nimona and Riz Ahmed as Ballister Blackheart. In other film news, out actress Molly Bernard has signed on to star in the indie Best Man Dead Man. The film is set in the middle of nowhere, watching as a bachelor party turns into a night of murder and mystery when the best man ends up with a knife in his head. Bernard will play Debra Carnegie, the lead detective with flowing red hair, purple trench coat, green umbrella, and personality to match it all.
Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…coming at you in 2023 from Annapurna and Netflix pic.twitter.com/wEZuM2sXTt
— ND Stevenson (@Gingerhazing) April 11, 2022
2) Out actress and filmmaker Kristen Stewart has signed on to star in the A24 film Love Lies Bleeding. The romantic thriller will examine a romance fueled by ego, desire, and the American Dream. In more film news, out director and screenwriter Emma Seligman has been set to direct the upcoming high school sex comedy Bottoms. The film follows two unpopular queer girls in their senior year who start a fight club to try to impress and hook up with cheerleaders. Among the star-studded cast is out Saturday Night Live star Punkie Johnson. Out actress, singer, and dancer Ariana Debose, who recently became the first out queer woman of color to win an Oscar, has been set to executive produce and star in Screen Gems’ Two and Only, an original screenplay by out writer Jen Rivas-DeLoose. In more film news, out Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein has been set to direct MRC Film’s upcoming comedy Witness Protection. The film centers on a woman who has always defined herself by her romantic relationships, but when she is forced to enter witness protection, she must try to figure out who she really is for the first time while maintaining her cover and keeping criminals at bay.
Rachel Sennott, Ayo Edebiri, Havana Rose Liu, Nicholas Galitzine, Kaia Gerber, Marshawn Lynch, Miles Fowler, Dagmara Dominczyk & Punkie Johnson to star in Emma Seligman’s ‘Bottoms.’
It follows two unpopular queer girls who start a fight club to try to hook up with cheerleaders. pic.twitter.com/GMpaXiAGlR
— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) April 11, 2022
3) Peacock has released the official season two trailer, show art, and first-look images of the critically-acclaimed series Girls5eva. The show follows a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s that was churned through the pop music machine and reunites to give their dreams another shot. The cast includes out comedian and actress Paula Pell, who plays Gloria, a divorced lesbian dentist and self-proclaimed “always working one” of the Girls5eva group. Check out the trailer below and watch the premiere Thursday, May 5. In other Peacock news, the official premiere date announcement and first-look photos of Queer as Folk have been released. Queer as Folk is a reimagining of the British series, created by out producer Russell T. Davies, and explores the lives of 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. The show 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. Check out the date announcement here and watch Queer as Folk on Thursday, June 9!
4) Queer actress Jodi Balfour has been tapped for a major recurring role on Apple TV+’s Emmy-winning series Ted Lasso. Balfour will play Jack, a charming venture capitalist. In other casting news, out singer-songwriter, YouTuber, and actor Miss Benny has been set to star in the Netflix drama series Glamorous. The 10-episode series tells the story of Marco Meja (Benny), a gender-nonconforming queer young man whose life seems to be stuck in place until he lands a job working for legendary makeup mogul Madolyn Addison. It’s Marco’s first chance to figure out what he wants out of life, who he actually is, and what it really means to be queer.
5) HBO Max has released the official teaser trailer for season two of the Emmy-winning and GLAAD Media Award recipient Hacks. Hacks follows the Vegas comedy legend Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and her new young writer, Ava Daniels (out bi actress Hannah Einbinder). Ava is open about her bisexuality, and over the first season is shown in relationships with both men and women. Watch the trailer below! In other trailer news, Netflix has released the trailer for the seventh and final season of Grace and Frankie. The comedy series, returning April 29, follows Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (out actress Lily Tomlin), a pair of divorcees whose husbands left them to marry each other. In the trailer, Grace and Frankie look back at the good times over the many years of their friendship–check it out here!
6) Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for the fourth season of Stranger Things. Season four of the critically-acclaimed supernatural drama series starts six months after the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time–and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. Returning for the new season of the Stranger Things is lesbian character Robin Buckely (Maya Hawke), the best friend and co-worker of Steve Harrington at the Starcourt Mall. Watch the trailer here and tune in to the first volume of episodes on May 27! In other Netflix news, the trailer for the coming-of-age series Heartstopper has been released–watch it below! Heartstopper is based off of out author Alice Oseman’s best-selling graphic novel, and follows teens Charlie and Nick, who discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love.
7) Hulu has released a teaser for the upcoming Sally Rooney adaptation Conversations with Friends, featuring the original song “Sidelines” out singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers. The show follows two inseparable spoken word poets in Dublin: Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21-year-old college student navigating a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time, and Bobbi, her American ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF, played by out actress Sasha Lane. Check out the sneak peak below and watch all 12 episodes of Conversations with Friends May 15. Additionally, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars has announced an ‘All Winners’ season seven, with previous Drag Race winners returning to snatch the crown once again. Instead of bringing back queens who sashayed away without the grand prize in their Drag Race proper seasons, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will see a cast of all former winners compete for the title of “Queen of All Queen”s and a cash prize of $200,000. The eight winning queens set to return to the Drag Race stage are out stars Jaida Essence Hall, Jinkx Monsoon, Monét X Change, Trinity The Tuck, Raja, Shea Coulée, The Vivienne and Yvie Oddly. Check out the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars cast ru-veal here and watch season seven on Paramount+ May 20.
8.) Amazon Studios has renewed the romantic comedy With Love for a second season. Season one followed the lives of the Diaz siblings, Lily (Emeraude Toubia) and Jorge, played by out actor Mark Indelicato, across various holidays throughout the year as they search for love– ending on a cliffhanger: It’s Noche Buena and an engagement is imminent, but which couple will walk down the aisle? Suspects include Jorge (Mark Indelicato) and Henry (out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Vincent Rodriguez III), and Miles (Todd Grinnell) and Sol (out America’s Next Top Model star Isis King). Apple TV+ has announced the release date and first-look photos of Maya Rudolph’s upcoming workplace comedy Loot. Loot centers on billionaire Molly Novak, whose life of luxury is tarnished when she learns her husband of twenty years has betrayed her. After a very public downward spiral that lands her in the tabloids, Molly turns to a charity foundation in her name run by the no-nonsense Sofia, played by out Pose star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. Additionally, out Search Party star Joel Kim Booster will co-star as Molly’s loyal assistant Nicholas. Watch the first three episodes of Loot on Friday, June 24, with new episodes debuting weekly on the streamer. In other TV news, out actor, filmmaker, and activist Misha Osherovich has co-created and co-wrote a dark comedy-drama series alongside queer screenwriter Skylar Landsee. Based on Osherovich’s experiences and survival story, Troubled explores the corrupt multimillion-dollar troubled-teen industry that has gone unnoticed and unchecked for decades.
10) Out singer-songwriter and dance pop artist Nieri has unveiled the music video for his new single “Face”, filmed in Los Angeles and directed by out photographer and director Billie Black. Watch the music video below! Also, out singer and advocate CLAY has released her new single “Numb”, off her upcoming EP Breathing Into Bloom, out May 4 (listen to “Numb” here and pre-save Breathing Into Bloom here), and queer indie duo Boyish has released their new single and music video “I Think I Hate It Here”, off of their forthcoming Ep My Friend Mica, out this spring (listen here and watch the video here!). Lastly, queer alt country artist Gina Venier has released the lyric video for her new single “Nora Jane”– watch it here!
11) We Are Outloud has announced the line-up for their Outloud Raising Voices Music Festival– a 3-day, award-winning LGBTQ music festival, profiling and celebrating queer artistry as a kick-off concert to Pride Month from June 3-5. The high-energy concert will feature show-stopping performances from numerous out stars, including Madison Slayyyter, Shea Diamond and Mila Jam on Friday, Madison Beer, Greyson Chance and Jake Wesley Rogers on Saturday, and Years and Years, Dorian Electra and Angelica Ross on Sunday. Buy your tickets here! In other event news, global drag icon and out RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme has announced her biggest solo tour to date– with her critically acclaimed, narrative-cabaret, “BenDeLaCreme is… Ready to Be Committed”. Check out the 2022 tour dates and ticket information here!
12) The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have announced this year’s 60 nominees, including several queer stand-outs: GLAAD Media Award recipients Changing the Game, and Hacks, as well as My Name is Pauli Murray, Nuclear Family, Dopesick, Reservation Dogs, Sort Of, We Are Lady Parts, Yellowjackets and Transnational (Vice News). The 82nd annual Peabody Awards will be named during a multi-day virtual celebration from June 6-9!