Billy Eichner to write, star in gay romantic comedy 'Bros'

Wed. March 10, 2021 8:02 AM by

Out comedian Billy Eichner will write, produce, and star in a gay romantic comedy set to premiere in 2022.

According to Variety, Eichner is the first out gay man to write and star in a major Hollywood movie.

The film, titled Bros, focuses on two gay men with commitment issues who try to navigate a relationship. It will be directed by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), with Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, The Big Sick) co-producing. Eichner's romantic interest in the film has yet to be announced.

Eichner confirmed the news on Instagram: "I'M MAKING A MOVIE!!!! Coming to a theater near you Aug 12, 2022!"

"In shocking news, BROS will be the first rom com about gay men ever produced by a major studio and, apparently, I'm the first openly gay man to ever write and star in their own studio film. Only took 100 years! THANKS HOLLYWOOD!!!"

In a prior interview, Eichner told Variety: "I'm honored that it's me, but it should have been someone else 30 or 40 years ago."

"I hear people talking about diversity and inclusion, but I often see gay people left out of those conversations," he added. "The comedy community, which has always been such a straight man's game, has not been kind to openly gay men."

Last year, Kristen Stewart starred opposite Mackenzie Davis in the rom-com Happiest Season. The film from Sony Pictures premiered in the United States on Hulu due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This article appeared at On Top Magazine and has been published here with permission.