The Rise of RuPaul sounds like a great title for a television series based on the eponymous host of RuPaul's Drag Race, does it not?
Drag queen and icon #RuPaul will be seeing a fictionalized account of her life hitting the small screen in the near future, according to Deadline. And while no title has been formally announced, Bad Robot Productions — helmed by J.J. Abrams of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek and Lost fame — and World of Wonder, which produces RuPaul's Drag Race, have joined together to create a drama-comedy based on the life of one RuPaul Andre Charles.
The 30-minute series will be set in New York City in the 1980s, when a then-twentysomething RuPaul was a struggling performer. The star will be executive producing, alongside Abrams and #BadRobot alum Ben Stephenson.
Born in San Diego in 1960 but moving to Georgia at the age of 15 to study performing arts, RuPaul's big break came in 1989 when he was a backup dancer in The B-52s music video for "Love Shack." While he made his mark performing in nightclubs throughout Atlanta and New York, RuPaul broke onto the international scene in 1993 with his club track "Supermodel (You Better Work)."
See if you can spot RuPaul below in "Love Shack." Hint: She's wearing a white crop top and throwing serious shapes.
RuPaul's Drag Race has been an increasingly popular cult classic with reality television audiences since it first began airing in 2009. Indeed, the series recently won a Primetime Creative Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, and has long been lauded via social media as a method of improving mental health:
The #dragqueen has also become known for her complete indifference to gender pronouns, writing in her autobiography:
"You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me."
With RuPaul's enduring popularity, odds are that this TV series will be a big hit. Backed by Bad Robot in conjunction with Warner Bros. and written by Gary Lennon — who's been involved with Orange is the New Black, Justified and Black Box — in addition, World of Wonder has been a longtime fixture in RuPaul's professional life. The production company is currently behind RuPaul's Drag Race and also produced a titular talk show that ran in the '90s.
For another touch of nostalgia, here's RuPaul playing the school guidance counselor in 1995's The Brady Bunch Movie.
Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race will air March 24 at 8 p.m. on VH1. Tell us in the comments section what you hope to see in RuPaul's future comedy series and who your favorite Drag Race contestant is.
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