First trailer for new Queer as Folk drops and it’s the sexy, diverse, heartfelt reboot we need

The first trailer for long-awaited Queer as Folk reboot has dropped

The reboot of Russell T Davies’ groundbreaking series Queer as Folk has dropped its first trailer, featuring a star-studded cast including Juliette Lewis and Kim Cattrall.

The new American spin-off of the 1999 British series will explore the lives of a modern-day, diverse group of friends in New Orleans, Louisiana, “whose lives are transformed” in the wake of a tragic nightclub shooting similar to the Pulse nightclub disaster in Florida in 2016.

Stephen Dunn, who wrote and directed the reboot, said in a statement: “I wanted to create a new groundbreaking version of this show for this moment.

“Our new Queer as Folk is set in New Orleans – one of the most unique queer communities in North America – and I am immensely proud that the new series is comprised of an electric ensemble of fresh characters that mirror the modern global audience.

“If there’s one person who is able to see Queer as Folk and feel less alone, or who now feels more supported and seen, our job is done.”

The eight-part series will star a largely LGBTQ+ cast.

Queer as Folk will be led by Devin Way as Brodie, Fin Argus as Mingus, Jesse James Keitel as Ruthie, CG as Shar, Johnny Sibilly as Noah and Ryan O’Connell as Julian.

Meanwhile guest stars in the first season include the iconic Kim Cattrall, legendary actress and musician Juliette Lewis, and model, actor, and Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco.

Trailblazing actor Jesse James Keitel, who became the first non-binary actor to play a non-binary series regular on primetime television with her role in Big Sky, said she was “honoured” and “in genuine disbelief to be joining this iconic show” when her role was announced.

Queer as Folk will be available for UK viewers to watch on streaming platform Starzplay on 1 July, with two new episodes being made available each week.