Alexander Skarsgård lands next lead movie role in kinky queer romance

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Alexander Skarsgård has landed his next lead movie role in an upcoming queer romance titled Pillion.

According to Variety, the actor has been cast opposite The Queen's Gambit star Harry Melling in the upcoming film, which marks the directorial feature debut of Harry Lighton.

Described as a "fun and filthy romance with heart", Pillion will focus on Melling's character Colin, a shy wallflower who is allowing life to pass him by.

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However, this all changes when he meets Ray (Skarsgård), the "impossibly handsome" leader of a motorbike club who takes Colin on as his "submissive".

The film's synopsis continues: "Ray uproots Colin from his dreary suburban life, introducing him to a community of kinky, queer bikers and taking all sorts of virginities along the way.

"But as Colin steps deeper into Ray’s world of rules and mysteries, he begins to question whether the life of a 24/7 submissive is for him. Has he found his calling, or simply swapped one form of suffocation for another?"

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Pillion, which slated to begin production in the UK this summer, will be adapted from Adam Mars-Jones' acclaimed novel Box Hill for Element Pictures, and be launched in Cannes by Cornerstone.

"Everyone at Element is so excited to help Harry Lighton bring Pillion to life," said Element Pictures' Emma Norton.

"Harry is a filmmaker who is drawn to risk and fascinated by the potential to find surprising complexity in everyday life. We love this about him and believe that Pillion is the perfect expression of his talent, bravery and ambition."

Cornerstone’s Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder described the script as "equally compelling and shocking as it is funny and entertaining," adding: "The casting is inspired and we are thrilled to unleash this brilliant project in the Cannes market."

Pillion does not yet have a release window.

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