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Jeremy Pope To Star in New Film About a Gay Marine

Jeremy Pope will star alongside Gabrielle Union in the upcoming film “The Inspection” from filmmaker and photographer Elegance Bratton.

The semi-autobiographical movie follows a young gay man (Pope) who enlists in the Marines seeking approval from his mother (Union). This marks Bratton’s first foray into narrative filmmaking, having previously received acclaim for his documentary “Pier Kids,” which followed homeless LGBTQ+ youth living on the Christopher Street Pier in New York City.

“The Inspection” is being produced by A24 in collaboration with Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People”) for Gamechanger Films.

“Elegance brings authenticity, heart and a fresh perspective to this compelling autobiographical story and we are thrilled to have Jeremy Pope and Gabrielle Union on board to bring it to life,” said Brown in a statement. “I’ve long admired the excellent work of our partners at A24 and it’s exciting for Gamechanger to partner with a company that is equally committed to bringing diverse and captivating stories to the forefront of entertainment.”

Pope’s career has been skyrocketing the past few years. In 2019, he landed two Tony nominations in separate categories for his performances in “Ain’t Too Proud” and “Choir Boy,” making him the sixth actor in history and the first Black person to do so. In 2020, he stole hearts in Netflix’s “Hollywood,” for which he scored an Emmy nomination, and this year, he’s already graced our screens in the third season of “Pose.”

Pope is also signed on to star in “Scandalous,” an upcoming Sammy Davis Jr. biopic from “Pose” writer and director Janet Mock.

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