New photos from I Am Michael have been released in anticipation of the film’s premiere during Sundance 2015, and we’re expecting good things. James Franco stars as the real-life character Michael Glatze, the gay activist turned ex-gay homophobic Christian pastor. The drama is based on out writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ New York Times profile “My Ex-Gay Friend,” which tells the story of how Glatze became a poster child for the ex-gay movement after rejecting his sexuality and repenting for his life as a homosexual, during which he founded the homoerotic teen magazine XY. Zachary Quinto costars as the lover of Franco’s character, Teen Wolf‘s Charlie Carver plays a young man they hook up with and American Horror Story‘s Emma Roberts also has a role in the film.
“It’s actually a very relatable story about the power of belief and the desire to belong,” director Justin Kelly told Variety. The film is co-produced by Franco and Gus Van Sant, director of Milk, My Own Private Idaho and Mala Noche.
Take a look at new stills from the film: