Alexandra Billings to star and executive produce groundbreaking trans indie feature ‘Queen Tut’ – Deadline
SAG Award nominee Alexandra Billings (Transparent) will star in and produce the next groundbreaking indie trans feature, Queen Tut.
Fae Pictures is financing and producing the film in association with Hawkeye Pictures with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Créatif. The production team will be present at the Cannes Market meeting with international prospects.
Queen Tut will be directed by emerging Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker Reem Morsi (The last brand), and is based on a script by Bryan Mark, Kaveh Mohebbi and Abdul Malik. The story follows a shy Egyptian teenager who finds a new life in Toronto after the death of his seamstress mother in Cairo. He befriends a trans mother, played by Billings, who inspires him to resurrect his mother’s soul within himself by sewing and donning the magnum opus dress she never completed.
Production is slated to begin in August at York University’s Motion Media Studio and in partnership with Cinespace Studios in Toronto. The producers are Shant Joshi (Framing Agnes) and Lindsay Blair Goeldner (Learn to swim) by Fae Pictures with Aeschylus Poulos (sleeping giant) and Sonya Di Rienzo (Brother) from the executive producer of Hawkeye Pictures.
The project was selected for the Canadian Creative Accelerator in Los Angeles, the Ontario Creates International Financing Forum, the Inside Out Film Finance Forum and the Whistler Power Pitch.
Queen Tut marks another milestone in the growth of Fae Pictures, a production company on a mission to decolonize Hollywood. The company recently launched the documentary Framing Agnes at Sundance winning 2 awards, announced Rosario Dawson’s commitment to executive produce their upcoming GLAAD-listed trans-directed romantic comedy reliveand will feature the recently completed horror film In fire at the Marché des Frontières in Cannes.
“It’s a film about family. About chosen family and family of origin and the historical value of the queer revolution. The generational dialogue is a spiritual experience and each character resonates with a deep sense of beauty , power and hope,” Billings said. “It’s the Trans experience; Passed down from human to human. And whether that family is blood or whether it’s divine intervention, when we “We all participate in telling the story of each other’s experience, humanity flourishes. I am deeply honored to be a part of it.”
“I’m so excited to take this next step with Alexandra,” says producer Shant Joshi, “someone who has tirelessly paved the way for queer and trans lives and consistently delivers words of kindness, love and wisdom. to humans all over the world through her advocacy and work on the page, on stage and on screen. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work with her as she tells this story of a young dark-haired queer boy who ends up in the Toronto underworld.
Alexandra Billings is represented by Artists & Representatives and Billy Miller Management.