“You can call me a freak, okay? You’re all freaks too.”
The big-screen adaptation of James St. James’ award-winning novel, Freak Show, is due out next month, and a new trailer gives us a better look at the roles played by LGBTQ icons Bette Midler and Laverne Cox.
Freak Show tells the story of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), an eccentric teenager who describes himself as a “gender-obliviator”.
When he’s sent to an ultra-conservative Red State high school by his mother Muv (Bette Midler) and faces relentless bullies, Billy decides to fight back on behalf of the misunderstood ‘freaks’ of the world – and run for Homecoming Queen in the process.
It’s not all bad news for Billy though, as he finds friendship in fellow open-minded student Blah Blah Blah, played by AnnaSophia Robb, and sympathetic high school quarterback Flip Kelly, played by Teen Wolf’s Ian Nelson.
Larry Pine stars as Billy’s dad, while Celia Weston plays his housekeeper Florence. Scream Queens star Abigail Breslin takes on the role of head cheerleader and mean girl Lynette, while Laverne Cox plays reporter Felicia Watts.
Watch the trailer below.
Freak Show is released in cinemas and on demand 22 June.