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Gay-Helmed Sci-Fi Film 'Space Station 76' Debuts at SXSW

By Patrick Yacco

Space Station 76, starring openly gay heartthrob Matt Bomer, will get its South By Southwest premiere this weekend, and has already been picked international distribution with Sony Pictures Worldwide, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Domestic rights were previously secured through Preferred Content. Bomer is joined by Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson, and the film is helmed by Jack Plotnick, who also wrote the script along with Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali Rocha, and Michael Stoyanov.

Set in a highly stylized, 1970s version of the future, Space Station 76 is a light-hearted drama focusing on the situations caused by the arrival of a new female assistant captain. But as personalities collide onboard when an approaching asteroid threatens the lives of the entire crew.

In addition to his career as a writer-director, Jack Plotnick previously performed in roles in television shows such as Ellen, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Nip/Tuck. However, he may be more famous as his drag persona Evie Harris from the film Girls Will Be Girls.

Along with his co-stars Coco Peru and Varla Simonds, Plotnick received awards from both OutFest and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

While no date for a wide release has been announced, the film’s Facebook page notes that fans should "look for it" in early 2014.

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