For most of us, growing up as LGBTQIA+ kids was a real nightmare. Aside from the name-calling and bullying, which we had to get used to, our community had to see people who went out of their way to make us believe we weren’t normal. So it makes perfect sense that Peacock’s next film They they unfolds like a horror story: the film centers on a group of children who are sent to a conversion camp organized by Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon). The film is slated for release in early August.
First-look images released by Peacock today offer a deeper look at the camp and its counselors, as well as the children who begin to band together once they realize Whistler’s camp methods are far from complete comforting. Theo Germaine is Jordan, a transgender, non-binary camper who agreed to go to camp if his religious parents agreed to legally emancipate them; while Quei Tann is Alexandra, a transgender woman who was forced to attend by her parents.
In the male gay group, there are austin crute like Toby, who went camping on the condition that he could go to New York after that; Cooper Koch as Stu, a jock who is conflicted about his future scholarship and what will happen if he gets out; and Fabro’s Darwin like Gabriel, a sensitive guy who’s had enough bullying for a lifetime.
Gathering the team of “misfits” is Monique Kim as Veronica, a bisexual camper who is tired of having to fight her instincts and beliefs, and Anna Lore as Kim, a closeted lesbian who thinks she can fake it until everyone around her finally likes her. The cast also includes Anna Chlumsky and Carrie Preston.
They they Brands John Loganhis directorial debut. Although a first-time director, Logan has had a hugely successful career in Hollywood, earning three Oscar nominations and writing screenplays for major films like Gladiator, celestial falland the aviator. In an official statement, Logan spoke about the personal nature of the script and what he hopes to accomplish with this story:
“’They/Them’ has germinated in me all my life. As far back as I can remember I’ve loved horror movies I think because monsters represent ‘the other’ and as a gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those different, forbidden or prohibited characters. I wanted to make a film that celebrates homosexuality, with characters that I had never seen when I was little. When people leave the movie, I hope they remember the incredible love these kids have for each other and how that love should be protected and celebrated.
Peacock Prime Ministers They they August 5.
Check out the images and official synopsis below:
Kevin Bacon plays Owen Whistler in this slasher horror film set in an LGBTQIA+ conversion camp. Several queer and trans campers join Whistler for a week of programming designed to “help them find a new sense of freedom.” As camp methods become increasingly psychologically destabilizing, campers must work together to protect themselves. When a mysterious killer starts claiming victims, things get even more dangerous.
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