The planned, Judd Apatow-produced rom-com Bros starring and co-written by Billy Eichner was already setting historical precedent thanks to its status as the first major studio romantic comedy to feature two gay men, and for Eichner’s becoming the first openly gay man to write, produce and star in his own film. Though the movie had to pause development because of the pandemic, it’s back in gear and is making more positive change by hiring an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast.
Nick Stoller, who co-wrote the script, is directing the movie, which features Eichner and Luke Macfarlane as two men who are maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy.
TS Madison, Miss Lawrence, Symone, Guillermo Diaz and Guy Branum are making up the rest of the cast, with queer actors playing all main heterosexual characters. “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,” says Eichner in a statement to 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*cking hysterical and you’re going to love them.”
The cameras are rolling now for a 2022 release for a 26 August release next year via Universal.