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“Love, Simon” Star Keiynan Lonsdale Set to Star In Queer Rom-Com “My Fake Boyfriend”

By David T. Valentin

Lionsgate and BuzzFeed have teamed up to create an LGBTQ romantic comedy My Fake Boyfriend, the second of many films created by the partnership to create films that are “’socially relevant and high-concept’ and meant to attract millennials and Gen Z.”

Keiynan Lonsdale, mostly known for his role as Blue in Love, Simon (2018) and his role as Wally West on the TV series The Flash, will be starring as the main character in My Fake Boyfriend.

Alongside Keiynan Lonsdale, notable cast members include the Suite Life of Zack and Cody star Dylan Sprouse and the ABC sitcom Modern Family star Sarah Hyland.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lonsdale will play, “A young man in a tricky situation, who follows the advice of his unconventional best friend (played by Dylan Sprouse) and uses social media to create a fake boyfriend to keep his awful ex-lover out of his life. But everything backfires when he meets the real love of his, and breaking up with his fake boyfriend proves hard to do.”

Set to direct the film is none other than Rose Troche, an American film and television director, television producer, and screenwriter, known for her work on The L Word, the first lesbian series to screen on American television. Troche was also one of many of the directors on Shameless. Alongside Troche, the script will be written by Luke Albright, Joe Wanjai Ross and Greg Boaldin.

According to VP of co-productions and acquisitions at Lionsgate, “There is no better person to tell this queer love story than Rose Troche, and we’re delighted to partner with Lionsgate to share this story with millennial and Gen Z audiences around the world. My Fake Boyfriend has the heart, laughs and talent behind the scenes and in front of the camera that make this film a genuine win. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with our friends at BuzzFeed on this fun romantic comedy.”

My Fake Boyfriend is set for a June 2022 release, just in time for Pride month.


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