- The film version will star Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer.
Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer will lead the cast in the film version of The Boys In The Band, coming to Netflix next month.
It reunites the cast of the Tony Award-winning 2018 Broadway revival of Mart Crowley’s famous play. Moreover Ryan Murphy – the brains behind Glee, Scream Queens and American Horror Story – is the producer.
Now Netflix has revealed the first images of the new film version to fans.
The Boys In The Band is about a group of men who gather for a birthday party in 1968 in New York City. However a guest from the host’s past turns the evening into chaos.
The original 1968 off-Broadway play became an unexpected hit. Indeed, many now consider it an historic achievement in LGBT+ representation.
Likewise the previous film – from 1970 – is a milestone in the history of queer cinema. Incidentally, it is also the first mainstream American movie to use the swear-word ‘c*nt’.
Tony Award-winning team
Parsons, Quinto and Bomer are joined by Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, Tuc Watkins for the film – with Joe Mantello directing.
It’s likely to stay relatively close to Crowley’s original play.
Like the original, it is set in 1968 when the US still criminalized and persecuted homosexuality.
Parsons will play Michael, a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much. He plans a raucous birthday party for his sharp-dressed and sharp-tongued friend Harold (Quinto).
The party-goers arrive, starting with Michael’s ex, Donald (Bomer). But then Michael’s straight-laced college roommate (Brian Hutchison) arrives, as does a hustler (Charlie Carver) who Emory (Robin de Jesús) has hired for the night to be Harold’s birthday gift.
And as the guests become more intoxicated, resentments bubble to the surface. Each of the men has to confront long-buried truths that threaten to undo the group’s tight bonds.
The Boys In The Band is coming to Netflix globally on 30 September. The 1970 film is certainly an LGBT+ cinema classic – could this be a modern classic in the making?