Another queer cheerleader story is being brought to life by Elliot Page and D.W. Waterson. The movie, Backspot, which is produced by Page, has begun filming in Canada.
Backspot is based on a story by D.W. Waterson, who is also making their directorial debut through the said movie. Joanne Sarazen wrote the script, and Page’s Page Boy Productions is producing the film, together with Prospero Pictures.
The film stars Devery Jacobs (Reservation Dogs) as Riley, and Kudakwashe Rutendo as Amanda, who are playing the role of two young cheerleaders.
“Both are impressive members of their mid-level cheerleading squad until a professional coach gives them a chance to level up with The Thunderhawks,” says the logline. “There, they must learn to negotiate their space, find their voices, and come to an understanding with the generation of women who came before them.”
The movie also stars Thomas Anthony Olajide, Olunike Adeliyi, Wendy Crewson, and Shannyn Sossamon.
“I’m so proud and excited to finally be going to the 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,” they continued. “I am beyond looking forward to highlighting both of these communities in Backspot.”
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