Gabrielle Union snaps up All Boys Aren’t Blue
Journalist George M. Johnson’s beautiful memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue, a true story of being queer and Black, explores his childhood, adolescence and young adult life. The book includes stories of being physically assaulted by bullies as a child, of his fraught relationship with his police-officer father, and of his warm relationship with his grandmother, all while grappling with ideas about gender, masculinity, Blackness, structural racism and growing up. Even better, hot on the heels of its publication, Gabrielle Union – an LGBTQ+ ally and passionately devoted mother to her own queer child – has optioned the book to develop as a series for Sony Pictures TV. We love the title, with its nod and inherent critique of those weird gender reveal parties that straight people seem to love so much, and even though literally nothing is in place yet beyond an intention to make this book into something else, we also love that Union has taken up the cause. More on this one soon.
Ben Whishaw is Going To Hurt
Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Ben Whishaw is set to star in the BBC adaptation of British comedy writer Adam Kay’s medical memoir, This is Going to Hurt. The comedy-drama follow’s Kay’s account of life as a junior doctor on a hospital ward, and is based on a collection of medical training diaries he kept from 2004 to 2010. The series, scripted by Kay, should be fairly eye-opening for American audiences unfamiliar with Britain’s National Health Service, which provides publicly funded care for every UK citizen (translation: you don’t get slapped with $300,000 bills for a hospital stay), and is currently under attack from conservative attempts to privatize it. No other casting news has been made public just yet, nor is there a premiere date, but when it hits the States, the AMC network will handle it. Stay safe until then. Wear your mask.
Romeo San Vicente would never hurt you.