New 'Queer as Folk' to Star Trans, Non-Binary Actor Jesse Jemes Keitel

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday August 19, 2021

NBC's streaming platform Peacock is showing its rainbow feathers with the casting of transgender, non-binary actor Jesse James Keitel in the upcoming reboot of "Queer as Folk," Deadline reports.

Keitel — a distant relative of renowned American actor Harvey Keitel — has signed on for a role as a series regular, Deadline said. Their character will be "a trans, semi-reformed party girl who is struggling to grow up."

Keitel is familiar to viewers as a regular from Season One of the David E. Kelly drama "Big Sky," which airs on ABC. Keitel will return in a recurring capacity for Season Two of "Big Sky," Deadline reported.

Keitel's "additional credits include the Showtime original film 'Fluidity' and the Netflix original 'Alex Strangelove,' " Variety recalled.

The original "Queer as Folk" was a British drama that premiered in 1999. Written by openly gay "It's a Sin" creator Russell T. Davies, the series was adapted into an American series that was set in Pittsburgh and ran on Showtime for five seasons, from 2000-2005.

The reboot will reportedly follow a group of LGBTQ+ friends in contemporary New Orleans. "Original creator Davies is on board the new project as an executive producer," Variety noted.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.