‘Queer as Folk’ Reboot From Peacock Adds ‘Big Sky’ Star Jesse James Keitel (EXCLUSIVE)

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Peacock’s “Queer as Folk” reboot has added Jesse James Keitel as a series regular.

The update is based on the landmark 1999 series from Russell T. Davis and is said to chronicle a diverse group of friends in New Orleans, whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. Keitel will play a trans, semi-reformed party girl who is struggling to grow up.

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The series is created, written and executive produced by Stephen Dunn, who will also direct the pilot episode. Universal Content Productions is producing the straight-to-series order for Peacock.

Keitel is a trailblazer as one of the few out trans non-binary stars working in television, particularly in the primetime network space where she broke out on the David E. Kelley ABC drama “Big Sky.” There she played Jerrie Kennedy, a woman kidnapped in a human trafficking plot. Her additional credits include the Showtime original film “Fluidity” and the Netflix original “Alex Strangelove.” She is represented Authentic Talent and Literary Management, INSURGE-Ent and Initiative PR.

Production on the reboot is set to commence this fall in New Orleans. The original “Queer as Folk” aired on the UK’s Channel 4 and followed the lives of three British clubgoing gay men in 1999. Showtime adapted the series a year later, which ran for five seasons to culture-defining effect.

Original creator Davies is on board the new project as an executive producer. Jaclyn Moore is co-showrunner and executive producer. Additional EP’s include Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, Nicola Shindler, and Richard Halliwell on behalf of NENT Studios UK, which distributes the format..

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