Based off the 2007 novel by André Aciman, 2017’s Call Me By Your Name has garnered critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations. This year, we’ll see even more queer books coming to the big screen, hopefully with the same level of artistry and acclaim.
Genderfluid teen Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) vies to be his ultra-conservative high school’s homecoming queen. The campaign pushes Billy to find newfound confidence in his identity, while transforming the hateful views of those closest to him. Abigail Breslin and AnnaSophia Robb co-star, alongside Laverne Cox and Bette Midler.
Freak Show is now playing in select theaters and is available on VOD.
Rarely does a gay-themed film catch the attention (and dollars) of a major studio, but Love, Simon found a home at 20th Century Fox. Adapted from Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, it shadows its closeted titular character as he navigates the turbulence of high school during the day and an anonymous online relationship with a classmate by night. Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti directs Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as Simon, with Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) as his BFF Leah, and Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as his parents.
Love, Simon opens March 16.
The Miseducation of Cameron PostJeong Park/Sundance Institute
Desiree Akhavan, the directorial force behind 2014’s Appropriate Behavior, transports Emily M. Danforth’s smash novel about conversion therapy onto the big screen: When her conservative guardians discover she’s fooled around with the prom queen, Cameron (Chloë Grace Morretz) is committed to a conversion therapy center, where she befriends fellow teens Adam Red Eagle (Forrest Goodluck) and Jane Fonda (Sasha Lane).
Cameron Post premiered at Sundance and is currently seeking U.S. distribution.
Sexuality and faith intersect in this forbidden romance between rabbi’s daughter Ronit (Rachel Weisz) and her childhood friend, Esti (Rachel McAdams). Passions reignite when Ronit not only crosses paths with Esti once again, but discovers Esti is now married to her cousin, Dovid (Alessandro Nivola). Director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) both wrote and directed this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s debut novel.
Disobedience comes to theaters on April 27.
We the Animals"We the Animals"/Cinereach
Director Jeremiah Zagar (In a Dream) and screenwriter Daniel Kitrosser adapt Justin Toress’ semi-autobiographical debut novel, a look at three mixed-race brothers growing up poor in upstate New York. Jonah (Evan Rosado), the youngest brother and the film’s narrator, navigates a wild, testosterone-fueled landscape that challenges his propensity for reading literature and same-sex attractions. Looking’s Raul Castillo and Sheila Vand of A Girl Walks Home At Night co-star as the boys’ parents.
The Happy PrinceSundance Film Festival
Technically a biopic, The Happy Prince borrows its name from Oscar Wilde’s 1888 collection of children’s stories: Told in flashback, it recounts the writer’s early successes, subsequent arrest and imprisonment for gross indecency, and the final days before his death. The directorial debut of out actor Rupert Everett (who also stars as Wilde), the film promises a mix of drama, humor, and romantic scandal. Emily Watson plays Wilde’s estranged wife, Constance, with Colin Morgan as his infamous lover, Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, and Colin Firth as Wilde’s devoted writer friend Reginald Turner.
The Happy Prince will be released May 24 in Germany, but is currently seeking U.S. distribution.
Like The Miseducation of Cameron Post, this adaptation of Gerrard Conley’s harrowing 2016 memoir recounts being forced into conversion therapy: Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) plays the teenage Conley, with by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as his parents, Nancy and Marshall.
Joel Edgerton (Loving) directs and plays the program’s head therapist, with Troye Sivan, Cherry Jones, Flea, Joe Alwyn, and queer filmmaker Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother) co-starring.
Boy Erased premieres September 28.