Luke MacFarlane, Philemon Chambers, Michael Urie
Anyone needing a little more gay holiday cheer this year, take note: Netflix has announced the new gay romance, the holiday-themed single All the Way.
Variety reports that director Michael Mayer, who directed the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, will direct the film from a script by Chris Hodge (Wayward Pines). The film is slated for release in the winter of 2021.
Plot details remain sparse, although an official premise indicates that the film will follow Peter, a sick homosexual of his family pushing him to his single status. To appease them for a holiday season, he invites his best friend Nick over to the house for the festivities so the two can pretend to be boyfriends. Things take a tricky turn, however, when Peter’s mother sets him up with a muscular trainer, James.
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Netflix has also announced the casting of the film. Openly gay actor Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) will star as Peter opposite Luke MacFarlane (Brothers and Sisters) as Nick and Philemon Chambers (Of Hearts and Castles) as James. Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blond) and Kathy Najimny (Hocus Pocus) will also star.
“[When I] sat down to write this movie, I made a list of all the things I personally wanted to see in a vacation romantic comedy, ”Hodge said of the project. “The list ran the gamut, from the honest portrayal of the uniqueness of gay friendships and relationships, to the often hilarious dynamics of our families, to Jennifer Coolidge. I am so grateful to Netflix for agreeing to everything. I can’t wait to see it come to life.
The Single All the Way announcement follows a recent trend of producing LGBTQ-themed holiday films. Last year saw the release of Happiest Season, The Christmas Set-Up, The Christmas House, and Dashing in December, all of which picked up the romantic holiday movie genre and applied it to queer characters.