The first pictures have been released for the upcoming Queer As Folk reboot, starring Kim Cattrall and Juliette Lewis.
More than two decades after the groundbreaking series from Russell T Davies first hit our screens, the pair are leading a diverse cast in the new Peacock offering, set in New Orleans.
They will be joined by Devin Way, Ryan O’Connell, Jesse James Keitel and Fin Argus when reimagining lands is released next month.
Kim is portraying Brenda, a ‘martini-soaked, high society Southern debutant with trailer park roots’, and is adoptive mom to Brodie and Julian (Devin and Ryan respectively.
While Juliette’s Judy appears to be the opposite, and has been described as ‘a single mom who is more of a friend than a parent to her teenager’, with Fin Argus portraying her son Mingus, a cocky high-school student.
The official synopsis for the series reads: ‘Queer as Folk is a vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking British series created by Russell T Davies, exploring a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy.’
Queer As Folk originally ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000, starring Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam.
A US remake was launched in 2000 on Showtime and ran for five seasons.
Speaking of the series, creator of the original UK show Russell said: ‘I’m very proud of what we achieved in 1999, but in queer years, that was a millennium ago!
‘As a community, we’ve radicalized, explored, opened up, and found new worlds – with new enemies and new allies – and there was so much to be said.
‘Stephen pitched a brand new version of Queer as Folk with so much imagination, insight, and crucially, joy, that I simply couldn’t resist. I thought it was about time the title belonged to a whole new generation.
‘The 2022 show is more diverse, more wild, more free, more angry – everything a queer show should be.’
Stephen Dunn, who serves as creator, executive producer, writer, and director, added: ‘I wanted to create a new ground-breaking version of this show for this moment.
‘Our new Queer as Folk is set in New Orleans – one of the most unique queer communities in North America – and I am immensely proud that the new series is comprised of an electric ensemble of fresh characters that mirror the modern global audience.
‘If there’s one person who is able to see Queer as Folk and feel less alone, or who now feels more supported and seen, our job is done.
‘In the true spirit of the original, our show doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of our community, but above all else, the series is about people who live vibrant, vital, unapologetically queer lives.’
Bring it on!
Queer as Folk begins on Peacock on June 9.