Symone, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13, has booked a principal role in Bros, a historic upcoming rom-com starring and co-written by Billy Eichner. He co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller, who is the director.
The film will mark several historic firsts. Eichner is the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film. The film will also have a historic, all-LGBTQ+ principal cast. Also, “the principal heterosexual roles will be played by openly LGBTQ actors and actresses.”
Bros is described as “a smart, swoony and heartfelt comedy about two gay men (Eichner, Luke Macfarlane) maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling toward love. Maybe. They’re both very busy.”
Starring opposite Eichner and Macfarlane are Symone, TS Madison, Miss Lawrence, Guillermo Diaz and Guy Branum. “I could not be more proud or excited about the historic nature of the all openly LGBTQ+ cast of Bros,” said Eichner in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news of the castings. “After queer actors have spent decades watching straight actors capitalize both artistically and professionally by playing LGBTQ+ characters, it is a long overdue dream come true to be able to assemble this remarkable, hilarious cast,” Eichner said. “And while Bros may be the first of its kind in several ways, my real hope is that it is only the first of many opportunities for openly LGBTQ+ ensembles to shine and show the world all we are capable of as actors, beyond just being the wacky sidekick, token queer or a straight movie star’s ‘gay best friend.’ And beyond all of that, this cast is f*cking hysterical and you’re going to love them.”
The film is set for release on Aug. 12, 2022.