Aussie streamers Stan have picked up the rights to Iranian-American director wunderkind Desiree Akhavan‘s first TV series, The Bisexual.
The writer, director and actress – you might recognise her as one of Hannah‘s Iowa MFA classmates in season four of Girls, and as the star of her debut film, Sundance indie Appropriate Behaviour – helms the six-episode series, The Bisexual, taking on the lead role, as well as the posts of writer and director.
In case you haven’t heard of Desiree Akhavan, she’s a celebrated queer writer and director, taking home the prestigious af Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for her second feature, this year’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
The Bisexual is billed as a “raw, funny, unapologetic take on bisexuality and the comic misconceptions surrounding it“, further interrogating the way we approach love, dating and sex, and the uncomfortable truths about what those very approaches may say about us as people.
Like maybe there’s something inherent in us, or some incident from our pasts, that makes us incapable of long-term relationships, or that draws us to fundamentally unavailable people, or that means we attach to the first viable option and then hold on for years and years at a trot, ignoring the red flags that shout ‘You are deeply incompatible.’ Y’know, maybe stuff like that.
The series also features Maxine Peake, Brian Gleeson, Eva Birthistle, John Dagleish, Naomi Ackie, Niamh Algar, Saskia Chana and Michelle Guillot.
Here’s Stan’s Content Chief, Nick Forward big-upping the new project:
Desiree Akhavan is an extraordinary talent, and her unique take on the complications of modern dating is incredibly timely. We’re looking forward to bringing The Bisexual to audiences at the same time as its worldwide premiere.
The Bisexual will air on Stan later this year.