Cue the pulse to begin!
It was reported back in the spring that the planned reboot of Queer as Folk, a groundbreaking show about the lives and loves of gay men and lesbians, would make its home on Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service. Peacock's "reimagining" of the original U.K. series — not the Showtime remake — moves the action to New Orleans and would follow a new crop of queer characters.
Peacock has now announced that Candace Grace (Acts of Crime), Johnny Sibilly (Pose, Hacks, Logo Live), Devin Way (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19), and Fin Argus (Clouds, The Gifted) have joined the cast as series regulars.
According to the character breakdown, Argus will play "a cocky high schooler whose confidence belies his lack of real-world experience. Grace will portray "a non-binary professor navigating the rocky transition from punk to parenthood." Sibilly will play "a successful lawyer who is not as put together as he seems," and Way will star as a "charming and sometimes chaotic commitment-phobe who finds a reason to stay in New Orleans after tragedy rocks his community."
They join their previously announced castmate, Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky). As for behind the scenes, it was announced that Jaclyn Moore (Dear White People, Love Life) joins the series as writer and executive producer.
The original British Queer as Folk, created by Russell T. Davies and produced by Nicola Shindler, debuted in 1999 and ran for 10 episodes on Channel 4. A North American remake aired 2000-2005 for five seasons on Showtime. As NewNowNext previously reported, the reboot was first announced in December 2018, with Davies and Shindler as executive producers. Stephen Dunn, who directed 2015’s Closet Monster, is attached as writer, creator, and executive producer.
With new characters in a new setting, it’s described as “a modern take on the original British series that centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy.”
No word yet on when the new Queer as Folk is set to premiere.