Director Lee Daniels Developing Gay Interracial Action Hero Movie Starring Alex Pettyfer


In an interview with Out magazine, The Butler's Lee Daniels (pictured below) revealed his plans to develop an "interracial love affair action movie" with a gay couple. And the best part? He's already nailed down Alex Pettyfer as one-half of the gay duo.

Lee DanielsAccording to Daniels, think of it as a gay Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes." The twist? "We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie," he explains.

He went on to reveal that, "Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him. He's so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so…I love him to death."

With news of Daniels's plan spreading across the web as we speak, it seems the "secret" of the two characters' sexuality won't be much of a secret after all. And as for the second half of the gay couple, what do you think? Which black actor would you love to see playing opposite the gorgeous Pettyfer? 


  1. bravo says

    How about two white actors, and we find out one is black at the end of the movie?

    (I’m sorry, I’ve become completely discombobulated by staring at Pettyfer’s trail.)

  2. says

    Or one of the partner has a reverse aging disease a la B.Button, and the other committing suicide since they cannot be together due to the statutory rape law.

    Btw, is the interracial couple Asian-Jamaican ? and will it sell ?

  3. David From Canada says

    Since Lee Daniels is gay himself, I’m glad to see that he is finally doing a gay-themed movie. We REALLY need to see more gay characters on the silver screen.
    I don’t care who the stars are, just give us pretty men, action, and a gay sub-plot.
    Go, Lee!

  4. AriesMatt says

    OK, Alex Pettyfer is what, 25? Shouldn’t the actor playing his partner/bf be a little more age appropriate? I love Taye Diggs, but think he is a little old to play Alex’s boyfriend. Same deal with Michael Ealy, who at least could pass for 30, but is actually 40. I’m thinking Michael B. Jordan or the guy on Grey’s Anatomy who played Smash on Friday Night Lights (name escapes me).

    Lee Thompson Young would have been perfect. So sad that he’s not with us anymore.

  5. Geoff says

    There are loads and loads of hot, black actors so he’d have to be really careful not to have a nuclear explosion of hotness melting the screen (pant, pant). What story?

  6. JMC says

    I wish someone who is actually hot and charismatic had been cast instead of Alex Pettyfer.. when will Hollywood stop trying to make him happen? He is not a box office draw and will hurt this film at the box office.

  7. Frank says

    Will Smith has already played gay once in “six degrees of separation”. Why not get a young black actor that’s actually gay. I know there are actually some out there that that could use the work.

  8. Tony C says

    Had to keep the lee Daniels in the title…because of an older movie had the same name.,,, I happen to really like his movies plus/Alex. A movie. I want to see ,,see all of Lee’s movies
    Tony ( NYC )

  9. Lymis says

    Yes, lose the non-twist at this point, and just let it be a sexual-tension action buddy-movie romancy thing. Once you’ve announced it the only twist ending possible is for it to turn out at the last instant that one of the two is a double agent and screws over his lover. Meh.

    Sure, some sort of tension between them that’s externally imposed would work

    Actuially, I’d love to see the dynamic of Undercover Blues where a couple of high-powered superagents are trying to take a personal vacation together away from work, but with the international spy world intruding on them – essentially, if you will, picking up where something like Mr and Mrs Smith ended.

    Anyone who hasn’t seen it – Dennis Quaid being adorable, Kathleen Turner near the top of her game, and people like Fiona Shaw and Stanley Tucci for good measure, rush out and rent it.

  10. Michael says

    A bit offensive, so nothing happens between the two for the entire movie? How many action movies featuring hetero couples would ever leave the pair without any romance?

    One day we will get a movie where the two leads are gay men where the announcement isn’t am major plot point.

  11. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    Since we already know the intended plot-twist, I can only-assume that he means it to be a secret to the other characters until the reveal at the end….

    Personally, I’m ‘shipping Guy Richie’s now-filming Man from UNCLE’s Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

  12. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    Since we already know the intended plot-twist, I can only-assume that he means it to be a secret to the other characters until the reveal at the end….

    Personally, I’m ‘shipping Guy Richie’s now-filming Man from UNCLE’s Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

  13. jjose712 says

    ian: I think exactly the same. Unfortunately, even with Lee Daniels high profile after the butcher’s success, i can’t see this working.

    Behind the candelabra had a high profile director and actors and no major wanted to touch it.
    And an action film is generally directed to straight male audiences, so in the best scenario this will end being another HBO’s success.

    Hollywood is more and more against taking any risk lately

  14. jjose712 says

    Michael: Well, to be fair, most action movies just forget about the woman part, if they want the main character to look more straight they give him a son or daughter.

    Most hollywood action movies totally avoid romance, and their potential audience, straight young males couldn’t care less

  15. jjose712 says

    Wow, i change the name of Daniel’s last film, oops.

    People asking for gay actors to play the roles are simply asking too much. I don’t think any major touch such risky project and even less if the leads are gay.

    Maybe in some years it will be different, at least in tv shows is showing some tendency to cast openly gay actors as lead roles (i never understand the resistance when the character is indeed gay).
    Maybe hollywood will follow the pattern, but lately tv is a lot more interesting and risky than hollywood films

  16. FFS says

    What the Hell is it with white people and Taye Diggs?

    Unless this is going to be an action movie about 2 super spies that run around in bedazzled speedos and spend most of their day jerking off to their sizable cache of gay porn, I don’t think the comparisons to the difficulties “Behind the Candelabra” faced in finding a distributor are at all apt.

  17. Endora says

    I generally wish that writers who felt the need for a mandatory romantic subplot, hadn’t. I understand the need to cater to heterosexual females, they are a huge portion of the paying public. I understand that heterosexual teenaged boys used to require a mandatory tit scene. But now that porn is free on the internet, perhaps the writers can concentrate on important stuff like plot and continuity.

    How is it that they can spend millions making a movie and it still have enough errors that entire webpages are devoted to writing about them?

  18. Coco Von Loco says

    If it were my movie, I’d try to cast Charles Michael Davis (currently playing the role of Marcel from the CW series The Originals) or Jesse Williams (from Grey’s Anatomy) to play opposite Alex Pettyfer.

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