Gay actor Zachary Quinto joins new ‘ex-gay’ activist biopic
Gay actor Zachary Quinto has joined a new biopic, which will chronicle the life of an ‘ex-gay’ activist.
The film ‘Michael’ will portray the life of Michael Glatze, who as a young man edited Young Gay America magazine, before in later life renouncing homosexuality and marrying a woman.
James Franco set to star in the lead role, but Star Trek actor Zachary Quino, who came out as gay in 2011, has signed on to the film to play Glatze’s ex-boyfriend, while Emma Roberts will star as his female ‘love’ interest.
Director Justin Kelly said: “This isn’t just a story about an ‘ex-gay’. It’s actually a very relatable story about the power of belief and the desire to belong.”
Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who wrote an article about Glatze in 2005 titled ‘My Ex-Gay Friend’, said: “I’m excited that everyone involved in this project is intent on telling a story that captures the full breadth of Michael’s unusual life, from the inspiring gay leader I knew when I was young to the Christian pastor he is today.”
Quinto – who first rose to prominence following his role on sci-fi show Heroes – said last year that he believed his career had received a boost when he came out.
He said: “I haven’t stopped working, I’ve only worked more since I came out.
“If people don’t want to work with me because of my sexual orientation, then I have no interest in working with them to begin with. It doesn’t really put me in a position where I feel like I’m limited.”