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Billy Eichner's Historic Gay Rom Com to Feature All LGBTQ+ Main Cast

Billy Eichner

Several additional cast members have been announced for out actor Billy Eichner’s historic gay romantic comedy Bros with Universal. And they are all LGBTQ+.

The film will be the first major studio comedy centering around two gay men, according to Universal Pictures. Eichner, 42, is set to make history as the first out man to co-write and star such a film. He’ll also executive produce it, while director Nicholas Stolle will be co-writing it with him. Judd Apatow will serve as a producer. The project will also make history as all of the principle roles will be filled by out LGBTQ+ talent.

Earlier this year Luke Macfarlane was confirmed to be playing Eichner’s love interest.  

Eichner wrote on Twitter, “This is the best thing EVER! I could not possibly be more excited to tell you the ENTIRE main cast for my rom com BROS will be ALL openly LGBTQ+ actors!!! Yes, even in all the straight roles! This is a first for a major studio film. LET’S MAKE HISTORY!!!”

The additional cast includes Ts Madison (Zola), gender nonconforming entertainer Miss Lawrence (Star, The United States vs. Billie Holiday); RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Symone; Guillermo Diaz (Scandal, Weeds, and Half Baked); and Guy Branum of Talk Show the Game Show.

“I could not be more proud or excited about the historic nature of the all openly LGBTQ+ cast of Bros. 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 told The Hollywood Reporter. “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****** hysterical and you’re going to love them,” he added.

Bros is scheduled to be released on August 12, 2022.

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