Queer film and tv news fill this week’s Good and Gay brim to brim! From the film fest premiere of Under My Skin to Friendsgiving being available to stream, we’ve gathered the best news in queer film and tv in one place to send you into the weekend feeling hopeful—and with plenty to watch and anticipate!
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Javicia Leslie in new Batwoman costume revealed
A couple weeks ago, bisexual actor Javicia Leslie shared an early photo of her in the original Batwoman costume—and this week we got to see her new costume in all its glory. In the story, as parallels reality, Leslie’s character Ryan Wilder picks up the Batwoman mantle and has to make it all her own. What better way to do so than to develop a costume that honors her unique skills, identity, and personality? “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment,” Leslie says. “I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”
Batwoman will return to The CW in January 2021.
Gunjo manga series is getting a live-action adaptation
Cult lesbian drama manga series, Gunjo, from Ching Nakamura is headed for a live-action adaptation with Netflix. This queer film adaptation will be called Kanojo, which translates to “She.” It will be a road movie about two women on the fringes of society figuring out what their connection means. Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Sato have been cast as the film leads. Ryuichi Hiroki will direct.
Kanojo will be available to steam on Netflix in Spring 2021.
The Prom trailer drops
A trailer for the much-anticipated adaptation of Broadway musical The Prom dropped this week. This star-studded queer film follows a pair of Broadway stars whose show flops, so they decide to revamp their image by helping a young queer woman named Emma have the prom of her dreams. The PTA won’t allow Emma to go to prom with her girlfriend Alyssa, but that’s not about to stop these divas from making a scene. Directed by Ryan Murhpy adapted by two of the creators of the Broadway musical, Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, the film stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Anderw Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, and Jo Ellen Pellman.
The Prom will be available to stream on Netflix starting December 11.
Friendsgiving now available to stream
Now available to stream, Friendsgiving is a fundamentally queer film about two friends who spend their Thanksgiving together when their lives start to unravel. Their celebration goes off the rails when a parade of unexpected guests come to their party, including three fairy gay mothers played by Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, and Fortune Feimster. The film is also the directorial debut of queer comedian Nicol Paone. The star-studded film is an attempt to capture Paone’s own experiences: “For a lot of people, especially LGBTQ people, we gather with our friends around Thanksgiving, and I was having a “Friendsgiving” and life created the art. It was transformative when I helped my friend get through her divorce, and then a group of women came in and helped her raise her baby after her husband left her. They say it takes a village and it does, especially to raise a kid.”
Friendsgiving is currently available on demand from your favorite platform (Prime, AppleTV, Google, DirectTv, etc.)
Under My Skin debuts at Raindance Film Festival
A new nonbinary film, Under My Skin, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London this week. The film centers on a free spirit artist named Denny who falls in love with a by-the-books lawyer, but when Denny starts to question gender, their love is put to the test. What makes the film particularly powerful is that Denny is played by four actors who all identify as nonbinary and/or transgender: Liv Hewson, Bobbi Salvor Menuez, Lex Ryan, and Chloe Freeman. This queer film is also headed by a trans and nonbinary producer Raynen O’Keefe. Of the casting and unique take on the protagonist, O’Keefe says, ““When we move towards greater trans and gender-diverse authorship, we move towards authenticity, belonging, and a valuing of the differences, similarities and intricacies that make up trans experiences. The ensemble cast structure for Denny was a step in this direction, one that intuits a vast and often under-appreciated resource—that is the knowledge, expertise, and wisdom that is inseparable from lived experience.”
A release date for streaming has not yet been announced for Under My Skin.