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Lifetime Casts Its First LGBTQ+ Leads in a Christmas Movie

‘Tis the season for Lifetime Christmas film casting information! And there is some huge information this 12 months. For the primary time ever, Lifetime has solid LGBTQ+ leads in certainly one of its tacky, made-for-TV Christmas films.

Actual-life married couple Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation) and Ben Lewis (The Handmaid’s Story) have been solid because the romantic leads in The Christmas Setup. The supporting solid contains The Nanny herself, Fran Drescher, in addition to Ellen Wong.

In line with Deadline, “The Christmas Setup follows the story of New York lawyer Hugo (Lewis) who heads to Milwaukee along with his finest buddy Madelyn (Wong) to spend the vacations along with his mother Kate (Drescher), who can also be in command of the native Christmas celebrations.” Clearly.

“Ever the matchmaker,” the film description continues, “Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick (Lee), Hugo’s highschool buddy and secret crush, who has just lately returned after a profitable stint in Silicon Valley.” So this film has not one however two romantic leads returning to their small hometowns after making it within the huge metropolis. It is excellent.

“As they benefit from the native vacation festivities collectively, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to one another is plain and it appears as if Kate’s Santa-style matchmaking is a hit,” the synopsis continues. Fran Drescher as a semi-magical Santa determine? Signal me up. 

However after all, Hugo then receives phrase of a giant promotion involving a transfer to London, and he has to determine what’s most essential to him. Is it lawyering within the UK or pursuing his relationship with Patrick? This film sounds prefer it has all the trimmings of a superbly tacky Christmas TV film, plus it is received LGBTQ+ leads on the helm. For sure, individuals are excited.

Lewis shared the announcement on his Instagram with the caption, “There’s good-weird and bad-weird. 2020 has been bad-weird (please, for the love of God, #VOTE) however starring alongside my husband @blakeleeblake (to not point out my outdated mates @ellewongster, @chadjc, and the ICON @officialfrandrescher) in Lifetime’s first homosexual Christmas film (directed by @patkmills) positively qualifies as good-weird. Actually, it’s essentially the most surreal, great early-Xmas reward I may ask for.”

Not solely is that this film celebrating an LGBTQ+ love story, however the two leads are married in actual life, which makes it all of the extra cute. And though many are enthusiastic about this transfer, let’s all hope this is not a fluke or a one-off however the begin of standard illustration for the LGBTQ+ group in films like this.

“A homosexual Lifetime Christmas film, starring an IRL married couple, written by members of the LGBTQ group with a assured glad ending, and a plot that is not about how terrible being homosexual is,” one individual wrote, following it with a shocked face emoji.

“As anticipated the solid for this one is painfully white, however a minimum of they discovered a option to incorporate Fran Drescher,” one other individual wrote. It is true that this solid does not signify the sort of racial variety that these films have additionally been so sorely missing.

There is not any cause for Lifetime Christmas films to be white and/or targeted on heterosexual relationships. Individuals of all backgrounds and identities have been requested to establish and luxuriate in tales beginning white, hetero {couples} for thus lengthy.

Let’s proceed to show these tables and have underrepresented teams on display in completely predictable, tacky, over-the-top Christmas films. Everybody deserves to see themselves in these tales, irrespective of how foolish they’re, and even exactly due to how foolish they’re!

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