Everyone’s favorite reality star (besides Lawrence Washington) Reichen Lehmkuhl wrote a book, you might’ve heard? It came out in 2006? It was called Here’s What We’ll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out and the US Air Force? It was about being gay in the military? Well Don’t Ask Don’t Tell isn’t just a hot topic in Congress — now it’s hit Hollywood. And movie makers want to make a movie out of it!
Playing the part of Riechen could be either Chase Crawford or Taylor Lautner – if casting directors have their way. And while playing gay might hit too close to home for actual gay actors (of which Chase and Taylor are both totally not!), everyone needs to just look at Jake Gyllenhaal (and Sean Penn, and Julianne Moore, etc.) to know going gay on the big screen is often a great career move.
The screenplay about The Life Of Reichen, a former Air Force captain, has already been written. Now it’s just a matter of finding someone to play America’s gay critic. And, of course, his love interest. This is a Hollywood movie, after all. But snaps to producers for skipping over real-life Riechen in their casting decisions. There’s a reason Reichen was, ahem, “recast” in My Big Gay Italian Wedding.