Billy Eichner’s gay romantic comedy Brothers added two more queer celebrities to its cast. Bowen Yang and Harvey Fierstein have joined the flagship film, which will feature a predominantly LGBTQ + ensemble.
Set to premiere in 2022, the film is described as “a clever, passed out, and heartfelt comedy about two gay men, maybe, maybe, probably, stumbling toward love.” May be. They are both very busy.
The casting news was first reported by Variety.
Eichner posted on Instagram: “LEGENDS ONLY! BOWEN YANG and HARVEY FIERSTEIN in BROS !!! it’s going to be epic !!! I am a lucky man.
Yang is currently a cast member for Saturday Night Live. His work on the show earned him an Emmy nomination. Besides his role on SNL, he co-hosts the podcast Bodybuilders. He’s also involved in a queer remake of Pride and Prejudice which takes place on Fire Island.
Stage and film veteran Fierstein has appeared in a number of memorable roles as in Independence day and Mrs. Doubtfire. He won a Tony for his performance as Edna Turnblad in Hair spray.
Brothers will be the first major studio comedy centered on two gay men. Eichner, 42, is set to make history as the first man to co-write and star in such a film. He will also be executive producer Brothers, while director Nicholas Stoller will co-write the screenplay with him. Judd Apatow will serve as producer.
Luke Macfarlane will play Eichner’s lover in the film. Amanda Bearse will play Macfarlane’s mother.
Additional cast includes Ts Madison (Zola), artist not conforming to the genre Miss Lawrence (Star, The United States vs. Billie Holiday); RuPaul’s Drag Race the winner Symone; Guillermo Diaz (Scandal, Weeds, and Half Cooked); and Guy Branum from Talk Show the game show.