We may be in the throes of the holiday season, but Freeform is already looking ahead to Valentine's Day with its announcement a new original movie is landing on the channel on that most loving day of the year. The original movie coming our way is called The Thing About Harry and from the sound of the first reports about it, it's going to be as much of a gamechanger as it is a super sweet movie.
Per Deadline, The Thing About Harry will star Grey's Anatomy alum Jake Borelli as Sam, "a handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent young gay man who combines a scathing wit with an overly idealistic worldview" and who "came out when he was still in high school, something that took a lot of courage in his small Missouri town, but was bullied constantly." Meanwhile, newcomer Niko Terho will play the titular Harry, "an emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player who has always left a string of broken hearts in his wake. Under the surface, [he] actually yearns for love, family and stability, but the thought of commitment still terrifies him."
Even though it's clear that the love story will be between Sam and Harry, it's still a bit unclear where the Valentine's Day road trip comes in. But, fear not, because Deadline has reported on the A+ supporting cast to distract us from some of these bigger plot questions. In addition to Borelli and Terho, The Thing About Harry cast includes GLOW star Britt Baron, who plays "Stasia, Sam’s edgy and opinionated best friend"; Queer Eye's Karamo Brown will play "Paul, an exceedingly well put-together yet overbearing and pretentious gay man"; and Queer as Folk alum Peter Paige, who will also serve as an executive producer, will play "Casey, Sam’s warm-hearted roommate, who always wants the best for Sam."
This is a momentous movie for Freeform, a channel that has previously included queer characters and arcs on their various TV series. In a statement to Deadline, executive producers Greg Gugliotta, F.J. Denny, and Peter shared, "It’s been an honor to partner with Freeform in making great television with LGBTQ+ characters as leads. True equality can only be achieved when you see yourself reflected in the movies, music and stories that paint our culture. As young gay men in the ’90s, whenever a rom-com opened, we would watch the leading lady fall in love and imagine what it would be like if the boy was saying all those things to another boy. We’ve always wanted to make a movie — an unabashedly romantic comedy — that queer boys wouldn’t have to translate. It’s rewarding to take the genre to a new, all-inclusive level."
Details on a specific release date as well as other plot and cast details are being kept under wraps.
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