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Tommy Dorfman Is Bringing a Popular Lesbian YA Novel to Life on the Big Screen

Tommy Dorfman Is Bringing a Popular Lesbian YA Novel to Life on the Big Screen

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The talented trans actress is now taking a seat in the director's chair!

Trans actress Tommy Dorfman was first catapulted to fame when she starred in hit shows like Jane the Virgin, 13 Reasons Why, and Love, Victor, but now she's taking a seat in the director's chair.

Dorfman already has one feature under her belt—although it's yet to hit theaters—and now she's been tapped to direct a film adaptation of Mariko Tamaki's graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, reported Deadline.

The YA lesbian story follows Freddie as she struggles with a toxic relationship. "Laura Dean is the most popular girl in school and Frederica 'Freddie' Riley's dream girl," the official synopsis reads. "She has it all: charm, confidence, and charisma. But there's one problem… Laura Dean keeps breaking up with her. The story follows Freddie's journey to finding the courage to end her toxic relationship and regain her self-love, with the help of her best friends and a psychic."

Dorfman has focused her young directing career on exploring queer stories, and her upcoming sophomore feature is no different.

"Mariko's script adaptation is just as groundbreaking as her deeply moving graphic novel," Dorfman told Deadline. "This film is like the lovechild of John Hughes and Jamie Babbett with a fresh and honest perspective on love and queer chosen family. Reading the script for the first time, I was transported into the layered world she created and I can't wait to bring this story to life for everybody to enjoy."

Although it has yet to premiere, Dorfman made her directorial and screenwriting debut with the film I Wish You All the Best, based on a YA novel of the same name, starring Cole Sprouse, Alexandra Daddario, Corey Fogelmanis, and Lexi Underwood.

It's exciting to see a new generation of LGBTQ+ artists enriching the world by telling unapologetically queer stories!

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Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.

Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.