RuPaul is (finally!) coming to Netflix. The legendary drag queen will star in his own hour-long comedy AJ and the Queen, where he will star as “Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 11-year-old stowaway.”
And if you need anything to further sell you on how great this show looks to be, Michael Patrick King, the writer of Sex and the City, is producing it. We don’t know who will play the “tough-talking, scrappy” young companion to RuPaul, but some are already betting on 10-year-old viral drag kid Desmond is Amazing.
Variety reports that RuPaul will be performing a killer musical number in every drag club in the show. The 57-year-old drag queen got his start on the New York club scene, releasing the dance track “Supermodel (You Better Work)” in 1993 that skyrocketed him to fame. The song and video led to the multitalented star to sign a contract with MAC Cosmetics, making him the first drag queen supermodel. The RuPaul Show premiered on VH1 in 1996, and ever since 2009, he’s hosted RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Hulu is also developing a series based on RuPaul’s life with J.J. Abrams attached as executive producer. In an interview with Page Six, the dragqueen said that Willow Smith might play him. He also tweeted in 2011 that he would only do a biopic if Smith played him.
Yes, but only if Willow Smith played me RT @FarronElizabeth: would you ever consider doing a biopic pic of your life?
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) May 11, 2011
“This is about my New York life in the ’80s,” Ru said to Page Six about the Hulu series. “Interview magazine in those days was my Bible. I grew up in San Diego wanting to be Andy Warhol. No grim storyline about white guys sniffing white powder. It’s the Yellow Brick Road. Wanting to go to six different clubs every night.”