'Star Wars' director JJ Abrams developing TV series about drag icon RuPaul

Posted March 23, 2017

Since rising to fame on the local nightclub scene, the "American" singer has gone on to become a icon in the LGBT community as well as a television host, thanks to projects such as "The RuPaul Show", and the ever-popular "RuPaul's Drag Race", which has garnered guest appearances from stars like Lady Gaga, Michelle Williams, Niecy Nash, Kim Coles, Aisha Tyler, Vanessa Williams and Amber Rose.

Power executive producer Gary Lennon has reportedly signed on to write the series, with the drama expected to be taken to the marketplace shortly to be bought by a network, according to Rolling Stone.

Now, it's been announced that J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, has teamed up with reality production company World of Wonder (who produce RuPaul's Drag Race) to create a fictional version of RuPaul's life.

RuPaul will executive produce alongside Bad Robot's Abrams and Ben Stephenson as well as World of Wonder's Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell.

Born in San Diego in 1960 but moving to Georgia at the age of 15 to study performing arts, RuPaul's big break came in 1989 when he was a backup dancer in The B-52s music video for "Love Shack".

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See if you can spot RuPaul below in "Love Shack". RuPaul became the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, and became the first drag queen supermodel. Then, he broke fully into mainstream visibility with The RuPaul Show on VH1. The production company is now behind RuPaul's Drag Race and also produced a titular talk show that ran in the '90s.

Bad Robot is now producing the HBO drama series Westworld and the upcoming series Castle Rock, based on the works of Stephen King.

For another touch of nostalgia, here's RuPaul playing the school guidance counselor in 1995's The Brady Bunch Movie.

The 56-year-old star recently dished to ET on the upcoming ninth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race", which will switch from Logo to VH1 on March 24.