Trans icon Alexandra Billings is set to star in and executive produce the queer and Arab-led trans dramedy Queen Tut
According to Deadline, it will be directed by Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker Reem Morsi.
It follows an Egyptian teenager, Nabil, who moves to Toronto to live with his estranged architect father following his mother’s death. Nabil befriends a drag queen, Malibu (played by Billings) who’s fighting to save the same drag nightclub that Nabil’s father is fighting to destroy. Along the way, Nabil comes to understand his own queer identity and, with the encouragement of a new drag family, becomes the titular Queen Tut.
Billings told Deadline, the film is
about chosen family and birthed family and the historic value of queer revolution.
Generational dialogue is a spiritual experience and every character resonates with a profound sense of beauty, power and hope. This is the Trans experience; Handed down from one human to the next. And whether that family is blood or whether that family is a divine intervention, when we are all part of the telling of each other’s experience, humanity blossoms.
I am deeply honored to be a part of this.”
Producer Shant Joshi, said that he was excited to be working with
…someone who has tirelessly blazed a path for queer and trans lives and is constantly delivering words of kindness, love, and wisdom to humans all over the world through her advocacy and her work on the page, on the stage, and on the screen.”
I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work with her in telling this story about a young queer brown boy finding himself in Toronto’s drag underworld.”
Production is expected to begin in August at and in partnership with the York University Motion Media Studio at Cinespace Studios in Toronto.
The “Transparent” actress will executive produce and star in “Queen Tut.” https://t.co/0BQMokOQ0m— Them (@them) May 18, 2022