It’s common in Hollywood to tell stories of straight marriages, straight divorces, and straight custody battles. Think Marriage Story, Kramer vs Kramer, Losing Isiah, Mrs. Doubtfire, and I Am Sam. But we’ve often lacked queer stories in these types of films. So of course, Billy Porter to the rescue!
Just in time for Pride Month, the Emmy-winning actor best known for Pose, Broadway’s Kinky Boots, and of course, his absolutely FIERCE red carpet lewks, has just been cast in Our Son, a movie that centers a gay couple fighting for custody of their child amidst their divorce. Billy shared the news on his Twitter and Instagram.
While details on the plot are scarce at this early stage, what we love most about this news is that Billy will act alongside Luke Evans. Yes, two openly queer men will be playing queer characters and husbands! If we didn't ship it before, we certainly do now!
Pride is shaping up to be a full month for Billy, because he also just released the trailer for his directorial debut, Anything’s Possible.
Anything’s Possible follows the life of a high school senior Kelsa (Eva Reign), who is a trans girl, and how she navigates the highs and lows of falling in love with her crush, Khal (Abubakr Ali). This is the trans meet-cute story we’ve been waiting for. And if you pay close attention to the trailer, Billy has included a quick shot of a mural that depicts his infamous crystal fringe curtains-hat ensemble from the 2020 Grammys red carpet.
“This is an aspirational story. It’s almost like a fairytale,” he told Variety. “We know that. It’s a look at what we can be. That’s what we as artists get to do — look at what we can be and what we should be.”
On making his film directorial debut, he added, “I ain’t Barbra Streisand yet. It’s like, let me do one thing at a time. Let me direct something first. Then I’ll direct something and be in it too." Does the mural count as being in it? He’s also set to direct an upcoming episode of Fox’s Accused, so let’s hope there’s a cameo in there too!
Anything’s Possible will hit streaming platform Amazon Prime on July 22.