Billy Porter to direct inclusive high school comedy, What if?

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The first picture from the newly-relaunched Orion Pictures label will be a coming-of-age high school trans comedy directed by Billy Porter.

Billy Porter, the award-winning actor – who among other roles will be playing the role of Audrey II, in Greg Berlanti’s upcoming movie take on Little Shop of Horrors – has just added another string to his bow. It’s been announced that the talented performer will be turning his hand to directing, helming his first feature film, an inclusive high school coming-of-age comedy called What If?

Collider is reporting that the film, penned by Alvaro García Lecuona, will be released by the newly-reformed Orion Pictures label.

The plot centres around ‘a high school senior who has a crush on a trans girl at his school. When he takes to Reddit to ask what to do, they encourage him to pursue his feelings, resulting in the two undergoing a relationship that will shape and form their young lives forever.’

Orion Pictures was relaunched just this year as a label geared solely towards shining a light on underrepresented voices and with What If? as the label’s first announced release, it seems to be doing exactly that.

With early reports stating that the film is looking to emulate the style and success of recent, also inclusive, teen comedies such as Love, Simon and Booksmart, it seems like they are certainly on the right track. More news on this one as we hear it.

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