RuPaul sure can pick a winner.
As reported in May, RuPaul created the upcoming Netflix streaming series with Michael Patrick King.
RuPaul will serve as a writer and executive producer alongside the Emmy-winning Sex and the City showrunner, also known for his work on The Comeback and 2 Broke Girls.
The 10-episode hourlong comedy stars Ru as Ruby Red, “a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 11-year-old stowaway,” according to an official synopsis.
Hold on to your wigs! RuPaul will star in “AJ And The Queen,” a new Netflix comedy series, created by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King! pic.twitter.com/CBotYAh5OM
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“As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better. Oh, and RuPaul performs a killer musical number in every drag club.”
Segarra “will play Hector, Ruby’s boyfriend who has a dark and dangerous side.”
The 32-year-old actor, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has starred on Broadway in On Your Feet! and Lysistrata Jones. His TV credits include Arrow, Sirens, and Orange Is the New Black.
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Netflix has also rounded out the AJ and the Queen cast with Michael-Leon Wooley (The Princess and the Frog), Katerina Tannenbaum (Sweetbitter) and Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World). THR reports: “Wooley is Louis, a blind drag queen. Tannenbaum is set as Brianna, described as a clueless hooker with a deep connection to AJ. Carrere is Lady Danger, a comic villain who is infamous in the local drag scene for injecting cheap silicone into her clients at the clubs.”
No stranger to Netflix, RuPaul appeared on Girlboss and will guest star on the fifth season of Grace and Frankie. A series based on RuPaul’s early days as a ’80s club kid has found a home at Hulu, and he is reportedly developing a daytime talk show.
A premiere date for AJ and the Queen has not been announced.