Out cover star Jeremy Pope has scored his next big role!
Deadline reports that Pope is set to star alongside our favorite mom Gabrielle Union in The Inspection, an upcoming drama based on an autobiographical story from first-time narrative filmmaker Elegance Bratton.
Most plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but from what we do know, The Inspection is about a young gay man (Pope) who enlists in the Marines, desperate to win his mother’s (Union) approval.
Bratton is a filmmaker and photographer who recently won a Spirit Award and Outfest honors for his documentary Pier Kids, which aired as a part of PBS’s POV documentary series, about Black, homeless queer and trans youth who live on the Christopher Street Pier in New York City. Bratton himself used to be one of those youths, living on the pier for a decade after leaving home at the age of 16.
The Inspection is being produced by Effie T. Brown (Dear White People) for Gamechanger Films alongside A24.
"Elegance brings authenticity, heart and a fresh perspective to this compelling autobiographical story and we are thrilled to have Jeremy Pope and Gabrielle Union on board to bring it to life," Brown said Monday. "I’ve long admired the excellent work of our partners at A24 and it’s exciting for Gamechanger to partner with a company that is equally committed to bringing diverse and captivating stories to the forefront of entertainment."
Pope is in the middle of an explosion into superstardom. In 2019, he became the sixth person in Tony Award history to receive nominations in two categories for separate performances the same year when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a play for Choir Boy and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Ain’t Too Proud, for which he was also nominated for a Grammy.
Last year, he starred in Netflix’s Hollywood, which earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He’s also starred in One Night in Miami as Jackie Wilson, and appeared in the final season of Pose.
Pope is also set to star in Scandalous!, an upcoming film being directed and co-written by Janet Mock about the interracial relationship between celebrities Sammy Davis Jr. (Pope) and Kim Novak.
The young actor already has Emmy, Tony, and Grammy nominations, and we don’t think an Oscar is far behind.