Billy Eichner is making cinematic history.
The actor, comedian, and writer will be starring in and co-writing the upcoming film Bros, making him the first openly gay man to co-write and lead the cast of a major studio film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bros is also the first-ever film from a major studio to feature an entirely LGBTQ+ cast, with the ensemble of actors portraying both queer and heterosexual characters.
The Universal Pictures rom-com is co-written by Nicholas Stoller, and follows the story of two gay men on their journey to finding love. Stoller will also serve as director and executive producer for the film, alongside Eichner, Judd Apatow, and Josh Church. THR adds that Bros will feature a cast that includes the likes of Luke Macfarlane, TS Madison of Zola, Miss Lawrence, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Symone, Guy Branum, and Scandal alum Guillermo Diaz.
Bros certainly marks an important step forward, as Eichner emphasized in a statement. “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,’” he said. “And beyond all of that, this cast is f*cking hysterical and you’re going to love them.”
He added that he “could not be more proud or excited” about the historic nature of the upcoming film, explaining, “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 also announced the movie on social media, with a nod to the slow nature of progress in Hollywood. “In shocking news, BROS will be the first rom com about gay men ever produced by a major studio and, apparently, I’m the first openly gay man to ever write and star in their own studio film,” he wrote on Instagram. “Only took 100 years! THANKS HOLLYWOOD!!!”
On Twitter, he joked, “Move over Julia Roberts, there’s a new rom com QUEEN in town!” We are so ready for this — and there’s less than a year to wait. Bros is slated to hit theaters on August 12, 2022.
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