Grab Your Pom-Poms, There’s a New “But I’m a Cheerleader” Director’s Cut

The campy, star-studded lesbian cult classic turns 20 this year.

Ra ra ra! But I’m a Cheerleader turns 20 this year, but fans are the ones receiving a present.

A director’s cut of Jamie Babbit’s satirical lesbian rom-com is dropping later this year, star Natasha Lyonne revealed on Twitter this week. The new release will reportedly include audio commentary, a making-of short, and a cast reunion, among other features.

“Hello!” Lyonne tweeted this Monday, October 12. “To celebrate its 20th anniversary, I’m excited to let you all know that But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut will be on Apple TV and anywhere you can buy movies December 8th!”

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The campy 1999 flick stars a young Lyonne as Megan, a ditzy high school cheerleader who is whisked away to a gay conversion-therapy camp after her family suspects she’s queer. Spoiler alert: She is, and she tests the waters with fellow camper Graham (played by none other than out Hollywood icon Clea DuVall).

Other members of But I’m a Cheerleader’s all-star cast include Michelle Williams and RuPaul herself. It was the feature-length debut from Babbit, who also developed the story.

2020 is shaping up to be a big year for DuVall. Happiest Season, her highly anticipated feature-length directorial debut, premieres this November. As NewNowNext previously reported, the queer, holiday-themed rom-com also features a stacked cast, including Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis (Black Mirror’s beloved “San Junipero” episode), Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), Aubrey Plaza, and Alison Brie.

Grab your pom-poms, fellow homosexuals, and keep an eye out for the director’s cut of But I’m a Cheerleader, out December 8.

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