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Billy Porter to direct new queer teen comedy 'To be Real'


Actor Billy Porter, star of Pose, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy and Amazon Studio’s Cinderella, is set to make his feature film debut with the queer coming of age comedy, To Be Real. 

Made for Amazon Studios by I’ll Have Another Productions, To Be Real will feature an original screenplay written by Ryan Shiraki who has previously directed multiple episodes of the TV series On My Block. 

As reported by Variety, the coming of age comedy will follow, “three queer friends who escape their hometown for Pride Weekend in New York City where they discover that life over the rainbow is an insane, raunchy, often divisive, but ultimately FIERCE non-stop party”. Said to be halfway between Greg Mottola’s Superbad and Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart in tone, Porter’s film would bring much-needed diversity to the coming of age sub-genre. 

His work on the film comes after Porters Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy nomination for his role in the final season of Pose, an award which he has won before in 2019, when he became the first gay Black man to win in a lead acting category in the Emmys.

An upcoming role as a gender-neutral fairy godparent in Amazon’s Cinderella film is also a highly anticipated venture as he appears alongside the likes of Missy Elliott, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, James Acaster and James Corden.

Directed by Kay Cannon, producer of 30 Rock, Pitch Perfect 2 and New Girl, and previously responsible for the 2018 film Blockers, Cannon is also due to write the screenplay for 2021s Cinderella. The updated fairytale will feature a bold take on the classic story, following an ambitious young woman who, with help from her fairy Godmother, helps her dreams come true.