American actor and Parks And Recreation star, Billy Eichner has announced he will write, produce and star in Bros the first gay romantic comedy to be produced by a major Hollywood studio, PinkNews reports.
In his tweet, Eichner wrote, “In shocking news, Bros will be the first rom-com about gay men ever produced by a major studio and, apparently, I’m the first openly gay man to ever write and star in their own studio film.”
Eichner later added: “Also, f**k my manager in 2006 who told me to be less gay because a big agent was coming to my show.
“F********K YOUUUUUUU!!! OK, I’ll shut up now.”
The film will be released next year and will star Eichner as one half of a gay couple. Scant details on the plot, however, it will be directed by Nicholas Stoller and will feature a mostly LGBTQIA+ cast.
When the film was announced in 2019 Billy Eichner said he wanted to cast “as many openly LGBT+ actors as possible”.
“I look forward to making that movie and finding as many openly LGBT+ actors as possible in gay roles, in straight roles,” Eichner told People Magazine.
“We not only need to start supporting LGBT+ actors theoretically, but we actually need to start casting them as well,” Eichner said.
“In a perfect world, gay actors can play gay roles and gay actors can play straight roles, and straight actors can play straight roles and play gay roles, and we’re all mixing and matching because part of the fun and the challenge of being an actor or an actress is to play someone who you’re not. We can do it all,” Eichner said.
He said that while straight actors are often cast in LGBT+ roles, it “rarely” happens in reverse.