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‘Queer As Folk’ is back and ready to tackle modern LGBTQ issues

Babylon’s disco sound returns to a more diverse world in the first trailer for Peacock’s highly anticipated reimagining of the landmark series “Queer as Folk.”

Slated for June 9, the new series follows a group of LGBTQ friends in New Orleans whose livelihoods are disrupted in the wake of a tragedy reminiscent of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre. early footage, there are also compelling storylines involving politics and parenthood, not to mention plenty of sex.

Actors Fin Argus, CG, Jesse James Keitel, Ryan O’Connell, Johnny Sibilly and Devin Way are among the series regulars. The star-studded recurring cast includes Kim Cattrall, Lukas Gage, Juliette Lewis and Megan Stalter.

Created by Russell T. Davies, the original “Queer as Folk” premiered in the UK in 1999 and followed three gay men to Manchester, England. A Showtime series based on the UK iteration premiered a year later. The American version moved the action to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ran for five seasons.

Watch the trailer for Peacock’s “Queer as Folk” below.

Viewers are probably most familiar with the American series, which starred Gale Harold and Randy Harrison. Peacock’s “Queer as Folk”, however, is considered to be more in keeping with the British original.

And much like HBO’s “Sex and the City” revival “And Just Like That…,” the new series appears to have significantly diversified its storytelling, adding more actors of color, as well as transgender and non-conforming people. to gender. .

In an emailed statement, Davies described the 2022 iteration of “Queer as Folk” as “more diverse, wilder, freer, angrier — everything a queer show should be.”

“I’m very proud of what we achieved in 1999, but in the queer years, that was a millennium ago,” explained Davies, who serves as executive producer on the reboot. “As a community, we radicalized, explored, opened up and found new worlds ― with new enemies and new allies ― and there was so much to tell.”

Writer and director Stephen Dunn feels the same and said he hoped to portray “an electric set of fresh characters that reflect modern global audiences”.

“If there’s someone who is able to see ‘Queer as Folk’ and feel less alone, or who now feels more supported and seen, our job is done,” he added. “In the true spirit of the original, our show doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of our community, but above all, the show is about people who live vibrant, vital, and steadfastly queer lives.”



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