Growing up as an LGBTQIA+ kid was a nightmare for most of us. Apart from the constant name-calling and bullying, our community had to see those who went out of their way to convince us that we were not normal. So it’s no surprise that Peacock’s upcoming film They/Them is a horror picture: the plot revolves around a group of children who are sent to a conversion camp run by Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon). The film will be released in early August.
The first-look photographs provided by Peacock today give viewers a better look at the camp and its counsellors, as well as the youngsters who band together once they realise Whistler Camp’s tactics aren’t for them. Jordan, played by Theo Germaine, is a transgender and non-binary camper who consented to go if their religious parents agreed to legally emancipate them; Alexandra, played by Quei Tann, is a transgender lady who was forced to attend by her parents.
Austin Crute as Toby, a sensitive guy who’s had enough bullying for a lifetime, Cooper Koch as Stu, a jock who’s conflicted about his future scholarship and what happens if he comes out; and Darwin del Fabro as Gabriel, a sensitive guy who’s had enough bullying for a lifetime, make up the gay male group.
Monique Kim as Veronica, a bisexual camper fed up with fighting her instincts and beliefs, and Anna Lore as Kim, a closeted lesbian who thinks she can put up a front until everyone around her ultimately loves her, round out the cast of “misfits.” Anna Chlumsky and Carrie Preston round out the cast.
John Logan makes his directorial debut with They/Them. Logan has had a spectacularly successful Hollywood career despite being a first-time director: He’s a three-time Academy Award nominee who penned the screenplays for big films such as Gladiator, Skyfall, and The Aviator. Logan spoke out about the script’s personal nature and what he hopes to accomplish with it in an official statement.