Gay superheroes unite! Netflix’s animated comedy series, Q-Force, will premiere September 2, according to Deadline. Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) leads an all-star voice cast alongside Laurie Metcalf (The Connors), Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws) and David Harbour (Stranger Things).
The ten-episode series follows Steve Maryweather, aka Agent Mary (Hayes), who “was once the Golden Boy of the American Intelligence Agency — until he came out as gay,” according to Deadline. Feeling deserted by his agency, Mary creates Q-Force, a band of LGBTQ+ misfits that includes ace mechanic Deb (Sykes), Twink (Matt Rogers, Our Cartoon President) and hacker Stat (Patti Harrison, Shrill). As Mary says in the trailer released today, “We’re the first queer agents in the field ever!”
Deadline reports that the Q-Force cast also includes Gary Cole (Veep) as Director Dirk Chunley, Metcalf as V and Harbour as straight-guy Agent Buck. Series creator and showrunner Gabe Liedman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) plays Mary’s love interest, Benji.
Netflix first ordered the series back in April 2019, according to Deadline. It is executive produced by Hayes and Todd Milliner’s (Grimm) Hazy Mills, Ben Heins (Hot in Cleveland), Mike Schur’s (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) Fremulon, and David Miner (Never Have I Ever).
“A spy TV series is so tough, because they’re so expensive,” Milliner said via Deadline. “We were thinking how do we get to do gay spy and every week, and the only way to do that is animated, because we can do all of the fun parts of a James Bond film. We can travel, we can have big chase sequences; animation is allowing us that freedom.”