Get ready to see more RuPaul on mainstream TV. The Glamazon drag queen is making a fictional scripted series on his rise to fame in 1980s NYC with a little help from J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), who will executive produce the series. Titled “Queen,” the show is being developed over at Hulu, according to Variety.
RuPaul, full name RuPaul Andre Charles, ascended to become one of the world’s most successful drag queens from the 1980s New York club scene. His dance track, “Supermodel (You Better Work)” premiered on MTV, leading to a MAC Cosmetics contract and securing his place as the first drag queen supermodel. He later had a short-lived talk show on VH1. Nowadays, you can catch RuPaul on his show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and all of its various spinoffs. The show has launched many of its contestants to prominence, including Raven, Raja, Willam, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé, and more. The show recently switched from LGBTQIA+ centered channel Logo to its mainstream sister VH1, a sign of growing support for LGBTQIA+ people on television.
RuPaul will executive produce alongside Gary Lennon (“Power”), as will Abrams and Ben Stephenson (“The Fall”) via Abram’s production banner Bad Robot. Tom Campell (“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!”), Fenton Bailey (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), and Randy Barbato (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) will also executive producer via World of Wonder. Warner Bros. Television will produce. Lennon will also be penning the script.
No casting details or official premiere date have been released.