It’s been a few months since we heard any news about the TV series based on RuPaul’s life, but the queen of all queens spilled some details about the project when he was recently interviewed by the New York Post.
Ru was in New York this past weekend to speak at Ozy Fest, where he caught up with the Post’s Cindy Adams. She asked him about the eight Emmy nominations for RuPaul’s Drag Race, but Ru teased some possible casting developments for the upcoming television series based on his New York club days.
“People are finally catching on to me. But wait, next is a TV movie about me. Not filmed yet. No title yet. Not cast yet. I won’t play me. It’s maybe Willow Smith.”
Adams delivers the news that Smith is a little young—only 16—but that doesn’t stop Ru from approving the casting decision.
“Please. I’m doing this a hundred years. At least she’s a biological female,” he says. “And I don’t need someone bitchy. I’m not. I’m sassy. There’s a kindness in me. I’m really a sweetheart.”
It also sounds like the untitled RuPaul series will not be a gritty look at New York back in the ’80s, but a look at the city’s nightlife as a magical place, like the Land of Oz:
“This is about my New York life in the ’80s. Interview magazine in those days was my Bible. I grew up in San Diego wanting to be Andy Warhol. No grim storyline about white guys sniffing white powder. It’s the Yellow Brick Road. Wanting to go to six different clubs every night,” Ru explained.
Aside from dream casting there isn’t much news related to the series because they are holding off on shooting until it finds a home, Ru reveals:
“Networks are bidding on the project now. A one-hour show is 42 minutes. A streaming service is an hour. Until we know which, we haven’t started shooting.”
We know the show hasn’t even gone in front of the cameras yet, but we would be lying if we said weren’t already planning our viewing party.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9: RuVealed airs Thursdays at 8/7c on Logo.