Now, *this* is some exciting news. More so than yesterday’s “Quark” news. According to the Hollywood Reporter again, Richard is signed up to play the lead in an LGTBQ+ drama, taking the role of a middle-aged gay man who revisits his past and who works through his relationship with his mother. Says Richard:
With Armitage saying that the character “resonates powerfully” with him, I guess we can expect a particularly intense and detailed performance by him. It sounds as if he might have a very personal connection to the role and the premise of the film. If it is so, I am delighted to see RA becoming more and more open about aspects of himself. I’ve always stayed away from open speculation on this blog about his sexual preferences. But for a while now I have been convinced that he is
gay (or bi at least) queer. Not that that matters in a shape or form, neither to my appreciation of his talent as an actor, nor his function as a foil for fantasy. The clinchers have been the photos from the Gods love NY gala and his comment on having a family in an interview earlier this year. His remarks here seal it for me. Good for you, Richard! I really can’t wait to see *this* project come to life. And whether the character is gay or not, I am sure there is a lot to be taken from a story of acceptance and reconciliation, for anyone, no matter what orientation. And I am hoping so much that this will be a film that will help normalise sexual preferences in such a way that a gay actor can play gay and straight roles alike.