Mama Ru‘s much-ballyhoo’d upcoming TV series – a fictionalized version of his rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon and global star – has been picked up by the streaming service Hulu. The half-hour dramedy is tentatively titled Queen and will be produced by JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot (Alias, Lost, Westworld, the Stephen King anthology series Castle Rock etc etc) and World of Wonder (yay!). The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Gary Lennon will pen the script and exec produce alongside RuPaul, Abrams and his Bad Robot topper Ben Stephenson as well as World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.
RuPaul (aka RuPaul Andre Charles) was born in San Diego in 1960 and studied performing arts in Atlanta before moving to New York, where he became a staple on the nightclub scene. He rocketed to fame after the release of his first single, “Supermodel (You Better Work).” That led to a VH1 talk show, The RuPaul Show. He’s been the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race and multiple spinoffs since 2009.
More news on this as it develops.
(Photos: Ru and JJ Abrams via Pacific Coast News)