Billy Porter to make directorial debut with high school coming-of-age film What If?

Sydney Bucksbaum
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Billy Porter is taking it back to high school for his feature directorial debut.

EW has confirmed that the Emmy-winning Pose star is set to direct the high school coming-of-age film What If?, written by Alvaro García Lecuona.

What If? is described as a cross between Booksmart and Love Simon, and follows high school senior KHAL who posts online about his crush on Kelsa, a trans girl at his school. After the internet encourages him to go for it, the two navigate a high school senior year relationship that neither could have expected.

"I’m thrilled to be part of this new space in Hollywood for telling all types of stories from all types of people," Porter said, according to Deadline who first reported this news. "I am grateful to be in a position to usher some of these stories into the mainstream and I am humbled that heavy hitters like [producer] Christine Vachon and [President of Orion Pictures] Alana Mayo have entrusted and empowered me in this insane time we all find ourselves in."

Along with Vachon, What If? is also produced by David Hinojosa, Andrew Lauren, and D.J. Gugenheim. It will be the first feature from Orion Pictures since its relaunch, and the feature was included on the first annual GLAAD list.

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