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Gay rom-com 'Bros' begins filming in NYC

by Jim Provenzano

Luke MacFarlane on the set of 'Bros'; Billy Eichner
Luke MacFarlane on the set of 'Bros'; Billy Eichner  

Soon after gay Twitter calmed down about the Billy Eichner feature film project Bros, which will feature an all-LGBT cast, costar Luke MacFarlane posted a few tight T-shirt thirst trap photos on his Instagram account on the set as the film began shooting in New York City.

"Billy Eichner said I have to post more or he'll have me fired," joked MacFarlane in a comment.

Eichner replied, "It's about time. This isn't a game. Luke."

Bros' storyline is about two gay men with commitment problems who attempt to form a relationship. Eichner cowrote the script with Nicholas Stoller, who directs.

On Sept. 23, Eichner tweeted a link to the Hollywood Reporter article, writing, "This is the best thing EVER! I could not possibly be more excited to tell you the ENTIRE main cast for my rom com BROS will be ALL openly LGBTQ+ actors!!! Yes, even in all the straight roles! This is a first for a major studio film. LET'S MAKE HISTORY!!!"

Along with MacFarlane, LGBTQ actors signed on to the film include Dot-Marie Jones, Guillermo Diaz, Amanda Bearse, Peter Kim, Ts Madison, Guy Branum, Becca Blackwell, and D'Lo.

The announcement of the film project made headlines on entertainment and gossip websites. Eichner announced that the casting for this gay-themed romantic comedy would be diverse, with LGBT actors and production members as well; and a few straight people, of course.

Eichner is known for his abrasive comedic talents in Billy on the Street and Parks and Recreation, as well as numerous voiceover gigs and a recent role in American Horror Story.

McFarlane's first recurring gay character as Scottie Wendel in the TV series Brothers and Sisters (2006 to 2011) won audience and critical praise. He's also played straight in multiple holiday-themed Hallmark romantic comedies, and starred as D'avin Jaqobis in the Canadian scifi hit series Killjoys (2015-2019).

Bros will be released in August 2022.

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