Gays, assemble. The first trailer for Peacock’s reimagined Queer as Folk series has dropped, promising not only a(n un)healthy dose of camp drama and romance, but also the exploration of serious modern-day LGBTQ+ issues.
Created by Stephen Dunn, the show follows a group of friends in New Orleans who are united under the rays of the rainbow spectrum. The Queer as Folk trailer suggests that they will come together after a traumatic homophobic attack, similar to that of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. What follows is a series of compelling storylines and relationships, sure to get you grasped and gagged in no time.
Leading the lines are actors Johnny Sibilly, Fin Argus, Ryan O’Connell, Devin Way, Jesse James Keitel, and CG, while audiences can also expect guest appearances from drag queen Debbie with a D, and celebrities like Kim Cattrall, Lukas Gage, Juliette Lewis and Magan Salter. The reboot has included greater diversity in its cast in comparison to the earlier versions of the series, with more people of colour, minority genders and disabled people rightfully given the opportunity to sparkle in the spotlight.
friends! I am in Queer As Folk representing hot queer disabled people. Can we just take a minute for 16 year old me, who watched QAF on VHS in secret, and clamored for disability representation to freak the fuck out??? wow. wow. wow.
— Andrew Gurza (@andrewgurza1) May 19, 2022
On this fact, Dunn stated that he hopes to depict “an electric ensemble of fresh characters that mirror the modern global audience,” adding, “If there’s one person who is able to see Queer as Folk and feel less alone, or who now feels more supported and seen, our job is done.”
Russel T Davies, who is the creator of the original Queer as Folk, also described the reboot as “more diverse, more wild, more free, more angry – everything a queer show should be.”
The show’s first iteration premiered in the UK in 1999 and followed three gay men in Manchester. It ran for 10 episodes across two seasons, and in 2000, a US adaptation debuted on Showtime. The American version also experienced success, boasting five seasons of fearless, fruity entertainment.
“I’m very proud of what we achieved in 1999, but in queer years, that was a millennium ago,” Davies explained in an emailed statement. “As a community, we’ve radicalised, explored, opened up, and found new worlds – with new enemies and new allies – and there was so much to be said.”
Check out the trailer for the new Queer as Folk reboot below!
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