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Rachel Sennott and Kaia Gerber to star in lesbian fight club film Bottoms

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The film gods must have heard the collective lesbian sigh when Ammonite was released and we had to suffer through more historical yearning by the sea. Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that Ethan Coen is directing what sounds like an absolute romp of a lesbian road trip film, comes news of another queer comedy.

Director Emma Seligman has once again teamed up with her Shiva Baby star Rachel Sennott for an upcoming high school sex comedy. Written by the pair, Bottoms follows two unpopular queer girls in their senior year who start a fight club to try to impress and hook up with cheerleaders, and have sex before graduation.   

According to Deadline, Sennott will star alongside Ayo Edebiri, Kaia Gerber in one of her first roles since American Horror Story, Marshawn Lynch, Ruby Cruz, Havana Rose Liu, Nicholas Galitzine, Miles Fowler, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Punkie Johnson. Production is set to kick off this spring.

Speaking to Dazed last summer, Seligman said Bottoms is the film she wishes she could have seen when she was in high school and longed for “fun, more raunchy depictions of queer women.” 

“We’ve gotten the conversion therapy story, the very cutesy story, and others as well – I love a lot of those movies,” she continued. “But Rachel really wanted to see something with really shitty female characters who are just despicable in their actions in the way that we’ve seen a lot of male characters in raunchy comedies, and I wanted something for queer teen girls. We met in the middle.” 

Calling the fight club “more like a self-defence club,” Seligman said the girls don’t really know what they are doing. “They’re mostly punching each other. We call it a fight club because it’s two girls trying to prove that they’re tough, appealing, and attractive to other women, like the cheerleaders at their school.”