By Romeo San Vicente
Greg Berlanti, the gay producing dynamo whose comic book loyalty has given TVArrow, The Flash and Supergirl, is about to debut his next move. It’s a bit of a lateral one, firmly planted in comic book history, but minus the superheroes: Archie. The new CW series, Riverdale, will update the Archie gang in a live-action series that will be part teen drama, part mystery, and much sexier than you ever remember these characters being (this is the CW, after all). Developing the show with Berlanti isproducer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Looking), and the pair have stated that they look to cinematic influences like The Virgin Suicides for the tone of the series, which will star New Zealand actor K.J. Apa as Archie, a racially diverse cast as the rest of the gang, Luke Perry as Archie’s dad, and newcomer Casey Cott as Riverdale’s gay teen, Kevin Keller. We’llbe listening for the slowed-down, minor-key cover version ofDzSugar Sugardzto pop up somewhere during the murder mystery montages when the show comes to the CW sometime in 2017.
A Wrinkle in Time adds Rowan Blanchard to cast Rowan Blanchard, the 15-year-oldGirl Meets World actress who came out as non-specifically queer earlier this year, has joined the all-star cast of Ava DuVernay’s (13th, Selma) upcoming fantasy-adventure epic A Wrinkle in Time. The film, a big budget adaptation of the classic Madeleine L’Engle novel, is about a young brother and sister sent into space to find their missing father, and the cast is a very cool mix of veterans and up-and-comers. Pan’s Levi Miller and newcomer Storm Reid will bejoined by Blanchard and big names like Zach Galifianakis, Reese Witherspoon, MichaelPeña, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey. This is the kind of diversity that flies in the face of traditional mostly-white Hollywood casting and it’s a welcome breath of fresh air. And with DuVernay’s reputation as a sure-handed filmmaker, it almost feels like an easy bet to say the finished product will be worth your time. Now wait until 2018 to find out.
Get excited about _Untitled Mother-Daughter/Action Comedy Project_ We kind of wish that _Untitled Mother-Daughter/Action Comedy Project_ was the actual title of the latest film from Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, 50/50). But we’re sure its current generic status is not going to last. The film,co-written by Kim Caramele (Trainwreck), Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation) and Amy Schumer, will star Schumer and Goldie Hawn as the DzMother-Daughter.dz And while the plot isbeing kept strictly under wraps, wedo know that it will involve Dzactiondz and Dzcomedy,dz which is pretty much all we need to know right now tobe interested. Mostly, though, we’re happy that Wanda Sykes isinit and she won’t simply bevoicing a prehistoric muskrat. The woman deserves screen time as herself and we
are Team Her every step of the way. Finally, it doesn’t’t hurt that the very funny Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) and our O.G. Oz crush Christopher Meloni are also on board. When this one finally graduates to a project with a title and it winds upintheaters (2017, they say), it’llbeupto you to put two and two together.
Chloe Grace Moretz winds up in conversion therapy Desiree Akhavan has a new project. The acclaimed young writer, director and star ofthe Sundance hit Appropriate Behavior(a semi-autobiographical comedy about a queer Persian woman and her complicated relationships) will tackle _The Miseducation of Cameron Post_, and Chloe Grace Moretz is set to star. Based onEmily Danforth’s coming-of-age novel of the same name, the story follows a young high school girl in 1993, who is sent to gay conversion therapy after she’s caught with the prom queen. Moretz plays Cameron, and American Honey’s breakout star Sasha Lane will play her best friend at the conversion therapy clinic. We’re not sure of the tone this one will take, ifit will veer toward comedic satire or straightforward drama, but is a topic that’s highly relevant right now, since the current U.S. Vice President-elect, Mike Pence, is a firm supporter of gay conversion therapy, which isa form of torture for any LGBT person forced into it. Never forget it.
Romeo San Vicente is a proud member of the queer resistance.