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Nathan Stewart-Jarrett & George MacKay Cast in Drag Revenge Thriller

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and George MacKay
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A drag queen finds a new kind of dangerous drag in Femme.

From left: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and George MacKay

Add Femme to your list of most anticipated upcoming films, because this revenge thriller is shaping up to be one you won't want to miss.

Actors Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Candyman) and George MacKay (Wolf) are set to star, Variety reports.

Femme focuses on Jules (Stewart-Jarrett), a drag queen who's the victim of a homophobic attack that leaves his life and career in ruins. Shortly thereafter, he discovers an opportunity for revenge when he spots one of his attackers, Preston (MacKay), in a gay sauna. When he realizes Preston has no idea who he is out of drag, Jules quickly decides he has the perfect opportunity for comeuppance against the "deeply-closeted" antagonist.

According to the synopsis, "Jules insinuates himself into Preston's life, but in so doing discovers power in a new kind of drag. What unfolds is a dangerous seduction that risks discovery and backlash at every moment."

Femme is being directed by Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping and is based on their short film of the same name. The short received critical acclaim following its premiere at South By Southwest 2021. It also received a BAFTA nomination and won the British Independent Film Award for Best British Short Film.

The directors shared their excitement around turning the short into a feature film. "We are huge fans of thrillers, but we felt that the predominantly hyper-masculine genre often excludes the queer perspective," they said in the official announcement. "By putting a gay protagonist at the heart of a thriller, we aim to invert expectations, and push stories from the margin, and ourselves as queer artists, into the mainstream."

Femme is set to begin filling in London in June and its release date has yet to be announced.

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