Russell T. Davies’ ‘Queer As Folk’ Gets US Reboot With Gay Bar Shootout
Russell T. Davies’ groundbreaking television series queer as folk is set to launch an American reboot, with the first trailer showing a terrorist attack on a gay bar.
The original British series of It’s a sin The creator started in 1999 and ran two series, following the lives of three gay men living in Manchester.
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But a reimagining of the series by Stephen Dunn sets the story in New Orleans and tackles the issue of mass shootings in the United States, inspired by the horrific 2016 shooting massacre at gay nightclub Pulse. in Orlando.
An early trailer for the series, which will stream on Starzplay from July, shows the cast of young queer characters struggling to cope in the aftermath of a similar attack on a club where they took advantage of an evening.
Dunn told Variety: “It’s really important to tell these stories because it happens so much it’s so exhausting and you just move on to the next one. It’s important to tell the stories of people who can’t necessarily move on and what this experience is like.”
The series will come with a content warning card in the United States, just like the recent launch of stranger things season four on Netflix in the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Texas in May.
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Dunn spent five years creating his version of queer as folk and consulted with survivors of the Pulse attack whose experiences heavily influenced its script, which follows the characters trying to come to terms with what happened to them.
Cast members for the reboot include Kim Cattrall, whose character’s adopted son is one of the survivors of the attack, Juliette Lewis and Ed Begley Jr.
The series stars Devin Way (Grey’s Anatomy) as Brodie, Fin Argus (the gifted) as Mingus, Jesse James Keitel (big sky) as Ruthie, CG as Shar, Johnny Sibilly as Noah, and Ryan O’Connell as Julian.
It will run for eight episodes starting Friday, July 1 on Starzplay with two new episodes available weekly.
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