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Will Ferrell's documentary with transgender best friend finds a home

Harper Steele Will Ferrell Sundance 2024 Documentary Transgender Friendship
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Will & Harper, an "intimate portrayal of friendship, transition, and America," has been scooped up after a much lauded Sundance premiere.

Will Ferrell's documentary with his best friend Harper Steele, a transgender woman, has been bought by Netflix.

The company bought Will & Harperfollowing its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety reports, after interest from multiple studios. A distribution time frame has not yet been given.

“We are thrilled about how audiences received the movie with open arms at Sundance,” the filmmakers said in a statement via the outlet. “It’s a movie about the power of friendship and acceptance, that we hope can help shift the culture, and so we are excited to have a partner in Netflix that has the ability to reach the largest possible audience worldwide.”

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The film's synopsis describes it as an "intimate portrayal of friendship, transition, and America," as Ferrell and Steele embark on a 17-day road trip from New York to California. While Ferrell works to learn more about the transgender community and how to support his friend, Steele also works to become comfortable in settings she went to before her transition, such as bars and sports games.

Ferrell met Harper Steele when the two worked on Saturday Night Live, for which Steele was a writer from 1995 to 2008. She came out as transgender in 2022, which Ferrell said initially "surprised" him. His gaps in knowledge led him to seek out ways in which to support Steele, he previously told Variety at Sundance.

“I had met trans people, but I didn’t have anyone personally in my life,” he explained. “So this was all new territory for me, which is why I think this film is so exciting for us to kind of put out there in the world. It’s a chance all of us in the cis community to be able to ask questions and also just to listen and be there as a friend to discuss this journey.”

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Ryan Adamczeski

Ryan is a staff writer at The Advocate, and a graduate of New York University Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing, with a focus in television writing and comedy. She first became a published author at the age of 15 with her YA novel "Someone Else's Stars," and is now a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. In her free time, Ryan likes watching New York Rangers hockey, listening to the Beach Boys, and practicing witchcraft.
Ryan is a staff writer at The Advocate, and a graduate of New York University Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing, with a focus in television writing and comedy. She first became a published author at the age of 15 with her YA novel "Someone Else's Stars," and is now a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. In her free time, Ryan likes watching New York Rangers hockey, listening to the Beach Boys, and practicing witchcraft.