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Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci Snuggle in Sweet, Funny 'Supernova' Clip

Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth in Supernova

The straight actors play long-term gay partners in the new film.

MikelleStreet

With the ongoing conversations about whether or not straight actors should take up queer roles, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth play gay lovers in Harry Macqueen's Supernova. In what's been called a mesmerizing tearjerker, the performers, who have been friends for two decades, play a longtime embarking on a meaningful road trip as one battles with dementia.

With Tucci as Tusker and Firth as Sam, the film depicts the pair's last hurrah as the couple visits family and friends as they make their way to Sam's upcoming piano concert across England in the Lake District -- it was Tucci who suggested the pair play opposite one another. For much of the film the two are alone in their RV that becomes their temporary home, making for a modest and melancholy project. But it is in its small moments that the tasteful project soars.

In a new clip, premiering on Out, the couple find themselves in Sam's old family home, back in his childhood bed. Given that they are two grown men and the single-sized bed was for a teen, they find themselves without enough space in a scene that is both sweet and endearing.

Having premiered in Europe in 2020, Supernova will debut in U.S. theaters on January 29. It will be made available digitally on February 16. The project has been touted as a possible Oscar contender. It also marks a return to gay roles for the actors with Firth's apperances in A Single Man and Mama Mia! as well as Tucci's appearances in Burlesque and A Little Chaos.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.