If no one else wants to do it, we'll do it ourselves!
While networks like Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel make promises of rectifying their history of holiday stories that don't feature LGBTQ+ storylines, queer creators are taking matters into their own hands. Clea DuVall, who previously announced her gay Christmas romantic comedy Happiest Season, is now teasing her new project.
"All I ever wanted was a holiday movie that represented my experience so I decided to make one," she wrote in an Instagram post. "Here's a first look at Happiest Season courtesy of People Magazine."
The film is led by Kristen Stewart who has plans on proposing to her girlfriend while home for the holidays. The issue: the girlfriend, who is played by Mackenzie Davis, is not out to her family. It brings to mind an episode of Schitt's Creek where David Rose, played by Dan Levy, hopes to surprise his boyfriend Patrick Brewster with flying in his family to a birthday party. He later finds out that Brewer isn't out to his parents. And, wouldn't you know it, Levy is in this project as well.
Stewart, Davis, and Levy are joined by Victor Garber, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Mary Steenburgen in the comedy. The film will hit theaters on Thanksgiving. Filming began in January and ended before the stay at home orders for the ongoing global pandemic began.