From the Street to the Big Screen: Billy Eichner to Star in a Gay Rom-Com

The movie will follow two men struggling with commitment issues in their relationship.

Billy Eichner is going from the street to the big screen: The three-time Emmy nominee is writing and starring in a forthcoming romantic comedy with Universal.

The film, which is still untitled, will follow a gay couple who are struggling with commitment, but attempting a romantic relationship anyway. According to Deadline, a full cast hasn’t been announced; however, Nick Stoller (Neighbors) is slated to direct, co-write, and co-produce.

Ever the comedian, Eichner took to Twitter to mock 45 with a State of the Union-related joke about his movie news. (Of course, we were too busy tuning into Logo’s queer SOTU from LGBTQ activist and icon Billy Porter to see the tweet when he first hit publish.)

Eichner also thanked his fans and followers, tweeting that he was “getting emotional reading all your messages about this, especially from my LGBTQ friends. I will do my best not to let you down!!!”

The rom-com is the latest project for Eichner, whose critically acclaimed comedy series, Billy on the Street, has charmed celebs—and totally terrified random strangers on the streets of New York City—since 2011.
 

He also co-starred in Hulu’s Difficult People for three seasons, and he is now part of Ryan Murphy’s company of actors, having been in the past two seasons of American Horror Story.

He was also tapped to voice Timon in this year’s CGI re-imagining of the Disney classic The Lion King, joining a cast with mega stars like Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Amy Sedaris, James Earl Jones, and Queen Bey herself. Hakuna freaking Matata!

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