Years & Years singer Olly Alexander has created a new song for the upcoming LGBTQIA+ rom-com Bonus Track.
Set in 2006, the new coming-of-age film follows George Bobbin, an awkward 16-year-old who aspires to become a pop star.
Despite George being a gifted musician, no one from his small town takes him seriously, often overlooking his dreams and aspirations.
However, George’s life takes a turn for the better when Max – the son of a popular music duo – transfers to his school and develops an interest in his music.
“As the boys grow closer, George begins to question why he actually wants to spend time with Max, finding himself faced with a dream come true scenario… if only he knew what his dream come true really is,” the synopsis adds.
1917’s Joe Anders and Game of Thrones’ Samuel Small lead the heartwarming film as George and Max, respectively.
The cast also features Jack Davenport (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes), Alison Sudol (Transparent) and Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country) – who created the story alongside screenwriter Mike Gilbert.
In addition to the aforementioned details, It’s a Sin star Olly Alexander has signed on to lend his musical talents to the teen rom-com.
According to Deadline, the ‘Desire’ singer has created an original song for the film and has also joined O’Connor as an executive producer.
On 8 September, the beloved singer took to Twitter to express his excitement over his contribution to the movie.
“Can’t WAIT for you to see this gorgeous movie and my gorgeous song,” he wrote.
Fortunately, moviegoers won’t have to wait too long for Bonus Track – with it set to premiere at BFI’s London Film Festival in October. It will also be available to stream on Sky Cinema.
In a recent interview with The Upcoming, the film’s director – Julia Jackman – opened up about taking on the wholesome feature.
“The lovely actor Josh O’Connor and Mike Gilbert brought me this script in a really, really grim lockdown, I think, that January one, where we were all suddenly losing our minds,” she explained.
“They reached out through my agent, and I read this script, and it was just so warm, and we’d all been tweens or teens in the time period of this film, and I’d been having sort of my first queer experiences exactly at that time so it just felt like such an amazing opportunity to make something joyful about that time and being queer at that time it really spoke to me.”
Jackman also gushed about the film’s lead actors, Anders and Small, who she described as having “good chemistry” during the audition process.
“[They] were the first two people we auditioned, and we auditioned hundreds of people after them,” she explained.
“I remember even before they came in, I heard them sort of vibing and chatting in the audition room, and they had such good chemistry.”
Check out a clip from Bonus Track here or below.