Yungblud will be releasing his first short film titled Mars based on the 2020 release of the song with the same name.
The film is a collaboration between Mercury Studios and Interscope Films and focuses on one of the singer’s fans named Charlie Acaster, who was struggling to convince her parents that she was transgender.
Mars will follow Charlie through a day in the life of someone whose only desire “is a normal teenage existence – at least that’s what she thinks. Now one extraordinary night will make her reassess what truly matters.”
Yungblud — whose real name is Dominic Harrison — shared his vision for the short film in a statement, saying:“This story is an uncensored, unfiltered portrayal of youth. It revels in the fragile beauty of it, flirts with the pain of it and most importantly the undeniable, glimmering hope of it. It presents a generational shift towards acceptance of one’s self and others, and ever growing confidence in our own insecurities.”
Playwright Chris Bush wrote the screenplay, which will be directed by Abel Rubinstein and produced by Harrison alongside Cat Marshall and Stefan Demetriou. The team also shared their intent to secure on- and offscreen talent from the trans, nonbinary and wider LGBTQ+ community. Mars is set to be released in the spring of next year.
Dom also added: “I cannot wait to make my first film. This whole journey started with an encounter. Then it became a song, now it’s becoming a movie. All my art is about and forever will be about, is making people feel like they can be undeniably themselves, whoever they are – and with this project we’re turning that message up to 11. The team we’ve assembled is incredible, I am so honored to stand with them all behind this beautiful project and to have them help me bring it to life. I can honestly say if you don’t adore this movie, then I can guarantee you’ll fucking learn something from it.”
Screenwriter Chris Bush added:”Mars is a story where the mundane and the magical sit side by side. It’s Space Age escapism shot through with Northern grit. More than anything I hope it’s honest. I’m hugely proud to be working with Yungblud, and the fantastic creative team we’ve assembled. The queer kids are alright.”
Listen to Mars below