British actors George MacKay and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett are set to play lovers in a new, gay revenge thriller.
Femme, set in London, tells the story of Jules (Stewart-Jarrett), a drag queen whose life is thrown into chaos after a humiliating homophobic attack. When he spots one of his attackers, the deeply-closeted Preston (MacKay), in a gay sauna, he begins his revenge.
Jules realizes that Preston doesn't recognize him out of drag, and begins to insinuate himself into Preston's life, "and in doing so, discovers power in a new kind of drag. But the dangerous seduction threatens to turn deadly at any moment."
The film is being directed by Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping, based on their 2021 BAFTA-nominated short film of the same name. The two said they are excited to add a queer twist to the thriller genre.
"We are huge fans of thrillers, but we felt that the predominantly hyper-masculine genre often excludes the queer perspective," Freeman and Ping said in a statement. "By putting a gay protagonist at the heart of a thriller, we aim to invert expectations, and push stories from the margin, and ourselves as queer artists, into the mainstream."
Neither actor is gay (as far as we know), but Stewart-Jarrett is a truly beautiful man. Just look at that face and try to tell me he wouldn't be perfect all glammed up as a queen! You might recognize Stewart-Jarrett from the British teen superhero show Misfits, or, more recently, from Candyman.
MacKay has been acting since he was young, and starred as a young gay man in the British film Pride. He also starred in Sam Mendes' World War I film 1917.
Production for the film is set to start in London in June, so it'll be a while before we see the actual movie, but this seems like an interesting twist on a tried and true genre that could be quite fun.