The Little Shop of Horrors movie remake grinds through the development process and casting possibilities float through the air like alien spores. For a while there all anyone talked about were the boys: Will it star Harry Styles? Zac Efron? And then came the “will Lady Gaga be Audrey?” moment happened. And was Billy Porter available for something? Well, now the Greg Berlanti (Love, Simon) project seems to have landed on some new names: Taron Egerton as Seymour, and Scarlett Johansson as Audrey, and then still maybe Billy Porter as the voice of carnivorous outer space flower Audrey II (Photo license: CC BY-SA 2.0; Source: Flickr/Gage Skidmore).
We’re waiting anxiously for official news here, and all three of these choices seem fine to us – especially Billy Porter – but we’d be lying if we said we were hoping to hear another name from Pose, MJ Rodriguez, being discussed for the lead non-plant Audrey role. Her gorgeous singing voice captured our hearts in that very part in a recent Los Angeles stage production. And another thing: We won’t rest until we hear three good names stepping into the Ronette, Crystal and Chiffon chorus. Get back to work, casting people!
The gorgeous, moving and very gay indie feature God’s Own Country continues to find fans beyond the queer film festival circuit, but its writer-director Francis Lee has already moved on to tell another same-sex love story. The new film Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, set in 19th-century England, is about an archeologist (Winslet) who finds herself taking care of a rich man’s wife (Ronan) to help make ends meet. And then the pair fall in love, which is only appropriate when oppressive heterosexuality of the 1800s is afoot. And while we reported on this project’s existence not so long ago, it was unclear what sort of future awaited it. But now American distributor Neon – the people who successfully pushed the amazing Parasite in the United States – has picked it up for release, most likely arriving in time for award season. How’s that for a vote of confidence for a movie about a lesbian fossil collector starring women we adore? Bring on the sensual, extinct, marine mollusks!
Romeo San Vicente remains sensual, defies extinction.