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Billy Porter to direct and act in queer coming-of-age story Camp

Billy Porter will direct and act in an adaptation of the coming of age novel Camp for HBO Max and Warner Bros.

The film, which is about a young man’s quest for love at an LGBTQ summer camp, will be produced by Oscar winner Dan Jinks through The Dan Jinks Company, according to Deadline.

Talking about Porter’s talent, Jinks said: ‘Billy Porter, who I’ve been fortunate to know for more than 20 years, is the perfect director for this story, which is both hilariously funny and also quite moving.’

‘I wish a movie like this was around when I was growing up. I’m thrilled we get to make it now.’

Happy camper! Billy Porter will direct and act in an adaptation of the coming of age novel Camp for HBO Max and Warner Bros

The movies follows fabulous 16-year-old Randy Kapplehoff as he grapples with his identity while trying to woo his crush. 

During one of his summers at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens, he falls for Hudson Aaronson-Lim, who is ‘only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.’

So, according to Deadline: ‘Randy reinvents himself over the summer as Del, a buff, masculine and on-the-market camper. 

‘Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

‘But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much he is willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?’

Porter will play the role of Mark, the camp’s theater director, in addition to directing.

Robert O’Hara will repen a screenplay by Kit Williamson, which is based on the YA novel by Lev Rosen.

Started the movement: Recently the Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning actor hit out at Vogue's decision to use straight, white male Harry Styles for their first gender neutral fashion shoot. Billy is seen rocking a Christian Siriano tuxedo gown to the 2018 Oscars above

Started the movement: Recently the Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning actor hit out at Vogue’s decision to use straight, white male Harry Styles for their first gender neutral fashion shoot. Billy is seen rocking a Christian Siriano tuxedo gown to the 2018 Oscars above

Porter is stacking up the directing credits, also currently attached to direct an untitled queer comedy for Amazon Studios. 

Recently the Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning actor hit out at Vogue’s decision to use straight, white male Harry Styles for their first gender neutral fashion shoot. 

Last November, Harry, 27, made history as the first solo male cover star of US Vogue in its 127 years, in a shoot which saw him wear a Gucci dress and other flouncy, feminine looks.

Pose actor Billy – who often wears dresses at red carpet events – explained: ‘I created the conversation [about non-binary fashion] and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time.

Iconic: Harry Styles, 27, made history in November as the first solo male cover star of US Vogue in its 127 years, in a shoot which saw him wear a dress and feminine garments

Iconic: Harry Styles, 27, made history in November as the first solo male cover star of US Vogue in its 127 years, in a shoot which saw him wear a dress and feminine garments

‘I’m not dragging Harry Styles, but he is the one you’re going to try and use to represent this new conversation? He doesn’t care, he’s just doing it because it’s the thing to do. 

‘This is politics for me. This is my life. I had to fight my entire life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars and not be gunned now. All he has to do is be white and straight.

Billy, was the first gay black man to win a lead acting Emmy for his portrayal of Pray Tell in Pose, about the drag ball culture of Eighties New York, went on to insist that he ‘personally changed the game’ for a wave of men embracing skirts and dresses as part of their style.

The singer and actor famously wore a custom-made Christian Siriano tuxedo dress to the 2019 Oscars and donned a winged Cleopatra gold bodysuit to the Met Gala the same year.


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