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Here’s Everything We Know About The Queer Cheer Drama Backspot

Here’s Everything We Know About The Queer Cheer Drama Backspot

Elliot Page and Devery Jacobs
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The Elliot Page-produced film has officially entered production & we are cheering.

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A queer cheerleading drama starring out actor Devery Jacobs and produced by Elliot Page? Bring it on!

The film, Backspot, has officially begun principal photography, reports Variety. So here’s everything we know about the highly anticipated new film.

What Backspot is about?

Backspot focuses on two young cheerleaders, Riley (Jacobs) and Amanda (Kudakwashe Rutendo), who are both stars of their mid-level cheer squad. However, when a professional coach spots them and gives them a chance to move up to the next level on the Thunderhawks squad, they must learn to “negotiate their space, find their voices, and come to an understanding with the generation of women who came before them,” according to the film’s logline.

The film adapts director D.W. Waterson’s short film of the same name.

Who is starring it in?

The cast of Backspot is made up of a combination of familiar faces and newcomers which director Waterson touts as “absolutely stacked.”

Jacobs and Rutendo star as the co-leads. Joining them are Thomas Antony Olajide (Learn to Swim), Olunike Adeliyi (The Porter), Wendy Crewson (On the Basis of Sex), and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale).

“I’m so proud and excited to finally be going to camera after five long years,” said Waterson. “We’ve assembled an absolutely stacked cast, and an incredible crew, and we are thrilled to be creating something that’s truly kickass, raw, and that has a magic energy behind it.”

“Competitive cheer is incredibly athletic, and our young, queer youth are so resilient. I am beyond looking forward to highlighting both of these communities in Backspot.”

What is Elliot Page’s involvement?

Backspot is being produced by Elliot Page’s Page Boy Productions, Night is Y, and Prospero Pictures.

When will audiences get to see it?

While no official release date has been announced, principal photography has begun and is expected to continue until mid-March in the Toronto area. So, it’s very possible that this film will arrive later this year or early next year.

One thing is sure: Whenever it is released, we’ll be cheering it on.

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.