Jeremy Pope and Gabrielle Union will star in The Inspection, an upcoming LGBTQ+ drama based on the autobiographical story of Elegance Bratton. The Inspection serves as Bratton’s feature-film debut.
Set to begin production this summer, the drama film will follow Pope (One Night in Miami), who plays a young gay man that enlists in the Marines––presumably a decision he makes in order to win his mother’s (Union’s) approval, which means everything to him.
Bratton’s recent documentary, Pier Kids, received honors from Spirit Award and Outfest. It examines the lives of the Black, homeless queer and trans youth who found home at New York City’s Christopher Street Pier. Bratton, too, found home here for a decade beginning at 16.
The Inspection is being produced by Dear White People’s Effie T. Brown. “Elegance brings authenticity, heart and a fresh perspective to this compelling autobiographical story and we are thrilled to have Jeremy Pope and Gabrielle Union on board to bring it to life,” Brown told Deadline, who first reported the news. “I’ve long admired the excellent work of our partners at A24 and it’s exciting for Gamechanger to partner with a company that is equally committed to bringing diverse and captivating stories to the forefront of entertainment.”
Rising actor and Broadway performer Pope has already earned Emmy, Tony, and Grammy nominations for his work in Netflix’s Hollywood, the play Choir Boy, and the musical Ain’t Too Proud. We’re thrilled to see his talents alongside the spectacular Union, who is set to star in the upcoming Cheaper by the Dozen remake.