The GLAAD Wrap: 'Annihilation' trailer, 'Sense8' finale sneak peek, and more!

Every week, the GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend!

1) A new trailer for Paramount’s upcoming science fiction film Annihilation was released this week. The film follows five women who venture into “The Shimmer” to find out what it is and how it is changing the fabric of their world. One of the women is Anya Thorenson, played by Gina Rodriguez, who the actress described as “a paramedic from Chicago who happens to be a lesbian and an ex-addict going into the Shimmer to be the hero that she’s kinda always wanted to be.” Annihilation comes out on February 23rd, and you can watch the trailer below!

2) Out actor Jim Parsons’ production company has optioned the rights to adapt out writer and critic Michael Ausiello’s memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies into a film. The bestselling book, which came out in September, tells the heartbreaking story of Ausiello’s partner, Kit Cowan, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer to his passing away. The book looks at the relationship between the two men, their falling in love, and 14 years of being together. It is currently available for purchase.

3) The short list of nine foreign films that are Oscar contenders was released on the Thursday. Making the list are A Fantastic Woman, the emotional and cinematic Chilean drama that stars up and coming trans actress Daniela Vega as Marina, a singer who has to deal with a devastating loss; and The Wound, a South African film that follows a secret relationship between two men during an initiation ritual. Of the nine films that made the short list, five will be nominated for an Academy Award on January 23rd. In other awards season news, gay drama God’s Own Country took home Best British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards, as well as three other awards.

4) Netflix has released a first look at the finale special of Sense8, showing a look behind the scenes at the process of making the wrap-up special. The cancellation of Sense8 earlier this year was a huge blow. Fan outrage sparked Netflix to announced a finale special to give the beloved characters the endings they deserve. Watch the sneak peek below and look for the finale some time in 2018.

5) A teaser and release date has been announced for season two of Netflix’s Marvel's Jessica Jones. The acclaimed first season aired back in 2015, and featured Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, a lesbian lawyer who Jessica frequently works with and who is set to return in season two. The show will drop on Netflix on March 8th, and you can watch the short teaser below. Another premiere date announced this week was CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, which also features a lesbian lawyer, Maia, in the core cast. The Good Fight will premiere on March 4th.

6) Out actor Colton Haynes has confirmed that he is returning to The CW’s DC universe to reprise his role as Roy Harper (AKA Arsenal) on Arrow. Haynes had left the show at the end of season three, and will be back for a short arc later this season. In other TV news, Netflix has announced a reboot of the 1980s cartoon She-Ra, part of the Masters of the Universe franchise, which will be showrun by out Nimona and Lumberjanes creator Noelle Stevenson.

7) Out bisexual singer and YouTuber dodie released a music video for her song “In the Middle” on Friday. The video takes place at a retro style wedding, where the band performs her song to the newly wedded couple. “In the Middle” is a single off of dodie's sophomore EP You, which is currently available for streaming and purchase, and you can watch the video for “In The Middle” below.

8) The Grammy Awards just announced a massive concert in tribute to the music of out singer Elton John on January 30th in Madison Square Garden, two days after the Grammys. Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute will feature a star studded line up including out singers Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, and Kesha, and will be broadcast to air later in 2018. Check out GLAAD’s post on the LGBTQ-inclusive Grammy nominees and don’t miss the show on Sunday, January 28th at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

9) WhoHaHa, the digital platform co-founded by Elizabeth Banks to promote women in comedy, has launched a new series of short videos where up and coming comedians give background about their career and what their experience has been. This includes a video on queer black comedian Faith Choyce who talks about not being booked on “family friendly” shows and how her identity factors into her comedy. Another featured performer is trans comedian Riley Silverman who talks about coming out, and her thoughts on how comedy can be more inclusive.

10) Bob and Dale is a short film about an elderly gay couple in the Rocky Mountains who both suffer from dementia, but find a deeper love through it. The film is about to shoot in Colorado over two weeks in mid-January and they are currently raising funds to tell this story of how two men can find their love for each other all over again at the end of their lives. To see how you can help the film, click here!