The GLAAD Wrap: 'Rafiki' out on digital; casting news for Indya Moore and Neil Patrick Harris; new Quibi shows from Adam Rippon, Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni; 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) Kenyan film Rafiki will be available to stream digitally starting today through Film Movement Plus. The critically acclaimed film follows two daughters of politicians in a heated local election who develop a taboo romantic connection. The film historically won a legal case in Kenya so that it could still be screened in theaters, despite its queer content. Rafiki can be viewed here, with a Film Movement Plus subscription or with a 14-day free trial. Watch the trailer below.

2) Out trans Pose actor Indya Moore has been cast as one of the leads in the upcoming Escape Room 2, which is set to be released in August 2020. Out actor Neil Patrick Harris has been cast in the upcoming fourth Matrix film, which will be written and directed by Lana Wackowski, the trans filmmaker behind the other films in the series. Harris will join Keaunu Reeves, Carrie Ann-Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and a rumored Jaida Pinkett-Smith.

3) During this year’s historic World Pride, filmmaker Kevin Ricupero and a group of young LGBTQ activists captured and filmed the event celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. The resulting documentary Humans of Pride follows World Pride and includes interviews with LGBTQ icons such as Billy Porter, Dustin Lance Black, Dominique Jackson, Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, and more. Watch the trailer below.

4) Out creators Greg Berlanti and Jim Parsons have teamed up to produce Equal, a docuseries following the history of the LGBTQ movement. The series will tell often untold stories from before the Stonewall Riots, including Radical Faeries founder Harry Hay, lesbian civil rights organization The Daughters of Bilitis, trans pioneer Christine Jorgensen, and black queer activist Bayard Rustin. The series will air on HBO Max. Also ordered on HBO’s streaming service is a new unscripted show following husbands Brad Goreski and Gary Janetti, as they travel the globe and have culinary adventures.

5) In TV casting news, out bi actress Natalie Morales has been cast in the second season of Netflix’s Dead to Me as the recurring role of Michelle. The character is “described as wry and down to earth, [with] a relaxed charm and infectious wit.” Out actor Russell Tovey has been cast in a new ITV drama Because The Night, where he will play Nathan, a directionless man who is unsuccessfully trying to escape his past. The series will premiere in 2020. In more casting news, Cara Santana has been cast in the third season of Starz’s Vida as the troublesome ex of Emma’s new love interest Nico.

6) A new trailer has been released for Apple+’s Dickinson, which stars Hailee Steinfeld as a young Emily Dicknson coming of age and dealing with society’s expectations. The trailer also shows a romance of her with another young woman. In other TV news, CBS All Access has renewed Why Women Kill, and The CW has renewed Pandora; both series include prominent bisexual characters. CBS TV Studios has announced a reboot of the hit 90’s film Clueless, which has been described as “bisexual,” and has a mystery twist.

7) Upcoming short-form streaming platform Quibi has announced two new LGBTQ-inclusive series this week. Gayme Show, from out comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni, is based on their live variety show and follows two straight contestants, judged by their queer peers, who battle it out to be “queen of the straights.” Out former Olympian Adam Rippon will host This Day in Useless Celebrity History for the streaming service, when he will give daily celebrity news from the past decades.

8) In music news, out trans singer Kim Petras is out with a new music video for her song “Icy,” off of her most recent album Turn Off the Lights. Watch the video below. Petras was also featured on a remix of Charli XCX’s Click along with singer Slayyyter. Listen to the song here!

9) Musical Lempicka will make its Broadway debut next season, directed by Tony Award-winning Hadestown director Rachel Chavkin. The musical follows artist Tamara de Lempicka who flees the Russian Revolution with her family to Paris, “where she meets Rafaela, a free spirit from the city slums, who introduces Tamara to a new world of decadence and passion.” The show will play at La Jolla Playhouse this spring before transferring to Broadway.

10) Short film The Hero’s Artist is currently funding. The film follows Nathan Collins, a black, gay artist, who is trying to share his voice with the world and prove that someone like him can be a hero. Click here to learn more about the film and support the project!