Well, a Drag Race reunion meets Priscilla, Queen of the Desert meets To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.
Naturally, I’m gagging.
Somehow, amongst launching Drag Race UK on BBC3 this year and producing and starring in thousands (well…) of US Drag Race series, RuPual has found time to produce and star in her very own Netflix series.
And you’ve never seen Mama like this.
RuPaul’s new Netflix series AJ and the Queen is set to land on the streaming service 10th January (perfect cure for those post-Christmas blues then). The series has been created by RuPaul, alongside fellow Emmy winner Michael Patrick King – one of the masterminds behind the likes of Sex and the City and Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback.
Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix:
“RuPaul stars as Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 11-year-old stowaway. As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better. Oh, and RuPaul performs a killer musical number in every drag club.”
The internet has basically lost it over the newly released trailer. Primarily, because – get ready – 22 Drag Race drag queens are set to pop up throughout the course of the mini-series; most of them appearing in this first epic trailer! Expect to gag over the likes of Bianca Del Rio (pictured above), Vanessa ‘Miss Vanjie’ Mateo, Valentina, Mayhem Miller, Trinity The Tuck, Chad Michaels, Katya, Eureka O’Hara, Alexis Mateo, Manila Luzon, Victoria ‘Porkchop’ Parker, Jinkx Monsoon,, Jaymes Mansfield, Mariah Balenciaga, Kennedy Davenport, Jade Jolie, Ongina, Lat-rrrrriiiiiccccccce Royale, Monique Heart, Ginger Minj, Jujubee and Pandora Boxx.
*Frantically fans self*
RuPaul recently spoke to Vanity Fair (first drag queen cover star, FYI) about the series. She told the mag:
“This show isn’t about a drag queen in a kids show. This is about a kid in a drag queen’s show. It’s edgy, and it has some dark themes in there.
“It was something I was eager to explore. To prove to myself that I’m not dead inside. I proved to myself that I could pull those emotions up. It’s intoxicating.”
So, if you’re like me and you’ve been looking for something camp AF to fill that horrible void Drag Race UK left once it wrapped, then fret not, because AJ and the Queen looks set to be a game-changer. And no doubt a winner for Netflix.
I can tell my gays are excited about this one. For the last two days all I’ve seen on my timeline is this f*cking trailer.
And I have literally zero complaints.
If Baga Chipz cameos, I’ll die. DIE.
Images via Beth Dubber/Netflix, Netflix, Entertainment Weekly
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow