Billy Porter High School Trans Romance movie puts Eva Reign in mind

Billy Porter has found his principal lady. The winner of an Emmy Pose the actor is set to make his directorial debut with the upcoming film What if?, and now he has his stars!

The film will star Eva Reign, Abubakr Ali and Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry. Courtnee Carter, Kelly Lamor Wilson and Grant Reynolds, according to Deadline.

What if? is a coming-of-age romance film about Kelsa, a trans high school student, and Khal, a cis student at her school who has a crush on her. When he posts about his crush online, the internet encourages him to go and the film follows their relationship.

The screenplay, written by Alvaro García Lecuona, is based on an adorable Reddit post that went viral in 2018. In the post, a 17-year-old boy asked for advice about his crush on a trans girl at his school. He was afraid that asking her out would be social suicide and that it would draw unwanted attention to her at school, but at the same time, he couldn’t resist her feelings.

“Ladies and gentlemen of Reddit, I can’t even begin to explain how absolutely and painfully beautiful this girl is,” he wrote in the post. “She makes me totally sick with love. If I were a cartoon, my eyes would turn into hearts and jump out of their sockets every time I saw her. She makes me feel weak in my knees … the butterflies in my stomachs are aggressive and plentiful … I could write poetry about this woman. “

Luckily, Reddit stepped in and gave some great advice, encouraging her to ask her out and helping her do so in a way that wouldn’t draw too much attention to her.

Originally, the film was supposed to star 17-year-old British newcomer Yasmin Finney, but due to the pandemic she was unable to get a work visa on time.

This will be Reign’s first leading role. She also appeared in Smile aside, Tourmaline Salacia, and the advertisement for Pantene’s Summer Pride 2019, and is one of our favorite writers and artists. You can consult his writing on Them.

His costar, Ali, appeared on the CW’s Katy keene, and on the Starz show Power Book II: Ghost. He recently graduated from the Yale School of Drama.

What if? will be released by Orion Pictures and it looks like it will be one of the cutest movies ever! Now with this cast and team we couldn’t be more excited!

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