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) Pose star Indya Moore, who is transgender and non-binary, has joined the cast of the Warner Bros. film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Moore will play the longtime DC character Karshon, who first appeared in the 1963 Green Lantern No. 24. The film is set for release on December 16, 2022. In more casting news, Billy Eichner’s gay romantic comedy Bros has rounded out the cast with more LGBTQ talent including Eve Lindley, D’Lo Srijaerajah, Peter Kim, Jim Rash, Justin Covington, Dot-Marie Jones, and Becca Blackwell. Out West Side Story star Ariana DeBose will join Argylle, a new movie from Apple Films, following a spy’s adventure around the world.
2) Glitter and Doom, a new musical romance film currently shooting in Mexico, has announced that actors Ming-Na Wen and Missi Pyle will join the cast. The film, a jukebox musical, featuring the music of infamous queer band Indigo Girls, follows a romance bweteen a musician and a runaway circus performer. The film will also feature out comedian Tig Notaro and The Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. In more film news, out High School Musical: The Musical: The Series creator Tim Federle has been tapped to direct Sister Act 3, where Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her role as Deloris.
EXCLU: New SISTER ACT pic gains momentum as Tim Federle boards as director with Whoopi Goldberg confirmed to reprise her role https://t.co/hvAan6FdPK
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) September 30, 2021
3) Sex Education has been renewed for a fourth season on Netflix. The program features numerous queer characters, including Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa), Adam Groff (Connor Swindells), Lily Iglehart (Tanya Reynolds), Ola Nyman (Patricia Allison), Rahim (Sami Outalbal), Anwar Bakshi (Chaneil Kular), and the cast’s latest addition, non-binary student Cal Bowman played by out recording artist and songwriter Dua Saleh. Netflix has also set a premiere date of November 5, 2021 for the fifth season of Big Mouth. The series has features transgender character Natalie (out actress Josie Totah), pansexual character Ali (Ali Wong), bisexual character Jay (Jason Mantzoukas), queer character Shannon (Jessica Chaffin) and gay characters Matthew and Aiden voiced (out actors Andrew Rannells and Zachary Quinto).
Breaking News out of #TUDUM!
Sex Education has been renewed for Season 4! pic.twitter.com/8N2WwNLqoG
— Netflix (@netflix) September 25, 2021
4) Comedy series The Other Two has been picked up by HBO Max for a third season. The series was co-created by out executive producer Chris Kelly and stars out actor Drew Tarver, playing gay aspiring actor Cary Dubek. In further HBO Max news, Emmy-nominated series The Flight Attendant will expand its cast for season two, including out comedian and actress Margaret Cho and non-binary comedian and actor Mae Martin.
Thank you so much everyone who watched and thank @hbomax for another season! https://t.co/2qJGfKLqxZ
— Drew Tarver (@drewtarver) September 25, 2021
5) Netflix has announced that The Umbrella Academy will return for its third season in 2022, and part of the season will take place in Hotel Oblivion, featured in the comics. The show includes queer characters Vanya Hargreeves (out actor Elliot Page) and Klaus Hargreeves (Robert Sheehan). In more TV news, out Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie joins the cast of Tom Jones, the upcoming four-part period TV series inspired by Henry Fielding’s novel History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. The project is a co-production of Mammoth Screen, PBS’ Masterpiece and ITV.
6) Amazon revealed the cast for the upcoming adult animated comedy series Fairfax. Among the main voice cast is queer actress, singer and producer Kiersey Clemons, out actor and director Peter S. Kim, and queer comedian and writer Jaboukie Young-White. Amazon has also announced Always Jane, a docuseries following Jane Noury, a transgender teen, and her family as Jane prepares to graduate high schoool and move on to college.
‘Fairfax’: Skyler Gisondo, Kiersey Clemons, Jaboukie Young-White & Peter S. Kim Among Voice Cast For Amazon Animated Comedy https://t.co/JUUsow27Sa
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 29, 2021
7) Out singer, songwriter, and GLAAD board member, Justin Tranter, will write and produce the original songs for Netflix’s upcoming film Purple Hearts. The young adult romance is based off of the novel Purple Hearts by Tess Wakefield and will premiere in 2022.
‘Purple Hearts’: Netflix YA Pic Adds Chosen Jacobs, John Harlan Kim & More, Sets Justin Tranter & Sofia Carson To Pen Original Music https://t.co/gHGx7ijKPs
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 27, 2021
8) Out singer Brandi Carlile released her most recent album In These Silent Days today. Listen to the album here! Out singer Courtney Barnett also released a new single and music video this week, “Write a List of Things to Look Forward To.” The single is off her upcoming album Things Take Time, Take Time, out November 12. Pre-order the album here and watch the video below!
9) Years and Years has announced their third album Night Call, the project of Olly Alexander, an out musician, songwriter and LGBTQ advocate. Following the breakup of the Years and Years band, lead-singer Alexander has continued the group as a solo project. Pre-order Night Call here and watch the music video for the new single “Crave” below! Out singer Elton John released his newest track off the star-studded The Lockdown Sessions on Wednesday, “Finish Line” with Stevie Wonder. Listen to the track here, and stream the Lockdown Sessions on October 22.
10) Indigenous and queer artist, actress and activist Jayli Wolf releases a self-directed video for her new single “Lead Me” this week; watch the music video below. Egghunt Records also debuted out singer and songwriter Abby Huston’s single “Unrequited”. Stream the song on soundcloud and preorder the album AH HA here! Out artist Jake Wesley Rogers released his new EP Pluto today. Stream the album here!