Deadline has an exciting little exclusive. Bette Midler is set to star in Trudie Styler’s adaptation of James St. James’ “Freak Show” — which was was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Debut Fiction.
As per Deadline, the book tells the story of “Billy Bloom, a funny, good-hearted, cross-dressing teen who becomes the new student at an ultra-conservative high school. Although accosted with Bible thumpers, the jocks, the bullies, Billy takes a stand. Determined to be who he is and not bow to peer pressure, he refuses to change his outlandish outfits or behavior. Instead, he decides to run for Homecoming Queen for outcasts and underdogs everywhere.”
AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson and Lorraine Toussaint are also in the cast — though the lead role of Bloom has yet to be set. That should happen soon though, as the film is in pre-production and is expected to roll before the cameras at month’s end.