“Now Apocalypse” Trailer Makes the Upcoming Show Feel Problematic to Me

Now Apocalypse Starz queer show Avan Jogia

Avan Jogia as queer character Ulysses in Now Apocalypse (Image: Screengrab)

The first trailer for the TV show Now Apocalypse has been released. The upcoming show will premiere on Starz on March 10, 2019. Avan Jogia plays a queer lead with Tyler Posey having a recurring role as a queer character. After watching the trailer, I found it to be a bit problematic.

News of Tyler Posey, of Teen Wolf fame, being cast was announced in June of last year. Posey has a problematic track record when it comes to his comments about the LGBTQIA+ community. One of them being how he used coming out, an emotional process which is still very dangerous for a majority of queer people, as a joke.

While he has apologized, it is still Tyler Posey we are talking about. I wouldn’t be surprised if he says something against the queer community while promoting Now Apocalypse.

The 10-episode series is being described as a “coming-of-age comedy that follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends Carly (Kelli Berglund), Ford (Beau Mirchoff) and Severine (Roxane Mesquida), who are on various quests pursuing love, sex and fame while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles.”

Here’s the trailer!

I don’t know about you, but to me, the trailer painted Now Apocalypse as a show which will feature ‘gay-for-pay’ straight actors. And frankly, I don’t have time for that, especially in 2019. I am all for casting the perfect actor for the right role, but the current casting decisions seem to be from the ‘Fantasy Gays’ list, which includes straight actors certain queer fans want to watch have same-sex steamy scenes onscreen.

Were there really no out queer actors who could have played one of the leads or even get a substantial supporting role when the show’s story is clearly targeting the queer community for views?

I guess we should get ready for Now Apocalypse press coverage asking how “brave” it was for these straight actors to share intimate scenes together.

Major eye roll!

Even Ellen Page is tired of it!

If you notice any queer talent from the show’s casting list, do let me know.

The half-hour comedy series has been created and executive produced by Gregg Araki (Kaboom, Mysterious Skin). It’s being executive produced by Steven Soderbergh (The Girlfriend Experience, Logan Lucky).

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.



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