Movies | September 23, 2021 5:28 pm

Billy Eichner’s “Bros” Rom-Com Has a Historic All-LGBTQ+ Cast

Yes, even the heterosexual characters will be played by LGBTQ+ performers

Billy Eichner attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
Billy Eichner attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California.
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We already knew that Billy Eichner’s forthcoming movie Bros is set to make history as the first-ever romantic comedy centered around two gay men to be produced by a major studio, but it turns out that it’ll be groundbreaking in more ways than one. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the film will feature an all-LGBTQ+ principal cast, making it the first in which all of the principal heterosexual roles will be played by openly LGBTQ+ performers.

Eichner, who co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller, will star opposite Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters). They’ll be joined in the cast by TS Madison (Zola), the transgender author of A Light Through the Shade: An Autobiography of a Queen ; Miss Lawrence, a gender non-conforming performer previously seen in Star and The United States vs. Billie Holiday; Symone, the season 13 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race; Guillermo Diaz (Scandal, Weeds ); and Guy Branum, who previously was a writer on Eichner’s Billy on the Street .

“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,” Eichner told the publication. “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 fucking hysterical and you’re going to love them.”

Bros is slated to hit theaters on Aug. 12, 2022.