Zachary Quinto has signed on to play the former boyfriend of James Franco’s character, Michael Glatze, in the upcoming biopic drama “Michael.” The film is about an anti-gay pastor who was “cured” of his homosexuality. In an exclusive report by Variety on Monday, actress Emma Roberts will also be joining Quinto and Franco in the film.
Gus van Sant is the executive producer of the film based on an article published in the New York Times Magazine written by author Benoit Denizet-Lewis. In the article titled “My Ex-Gay Friend,” Lewis tells the story of a Christian minister from Wyoming who rejected his homosexuality, but before then was deeply involved in the gay culture. But, according to the film’s director Justin Kelly, it won’t just be a story about a man who rejected his homosexuality, it will be a story about the yearning to belong and find acceptance.
With stars like Franco, Quinto, and Roberts on board, Denizet-Lewis expressed his excitement about the project. He told Variety, “I’m excited that everyone involved in this project is intent on telling a story that captures the full breadth of Michael’s unusual life, from the inspiring gay leader I knew when I was young to the Christian pastor he is today.”
As religion is a major factor for most who oppose homosexuality, the story of “Michael” will explore a journey that some may relate to. It will also measure and expose the emotional conflict in searching for acceptance. Actor Chris Zylka will play another past interest of Franco’s character and Roberts will team up once again with Franco, her “Palo Alto” co-star, as his girlfriend.
Franco, who is no stranger to gay roles, will also produce the film along with Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer and Scott Reed. As for Zachary Quinto, who is gay, the film will give him the opportunity to play another gay character. Quinto recently had a gay role in the FX hit series “American Horror Story.”