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The Yuletide Is Indeed Gay In This Trailer For Kristen Stewart’s Lesbian Christmas Rom-Com

"all we wanted for xmas was kristen stewart climbing mackenzie davis like a tree"

Well, TECHNICALLY she’s Mackenzie Davis’ girlfriend, BUT…

Christmas gays, rom-com lovers, and Kristen Stewart stans alike have been treated to the first trailer for Hulu’s long-waited gay Christmas rom-com, Happiest Season starring Mackenzie Davis, Kristen Steward, and directed by renowned lesbian filmmaker, Clea Duvall!

Happiest Season follows Abby (Kristen Stewart) as she plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) over Christmas. But when they visit  Harper’s family home for the holidays, there’s just one small problem, Harper is not out to her family. Will Abby be able to maintain the facade she is Harper’s “straight orphan friend”?

The cast is full of LGBTIQ actors portraying characters who are also queer! Not just Stewart and Davis — people may remember Davis’ iconic role as Yorkie in Black Mirror‘s ‘San Junipero’. But also Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Legion), Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), and Victor Garber (Tales of the City, Power). Clea DuVall (But I’m A Cheerleader, American Horror Story) appears in the film too, as well as directing and co-writing.

In the trailer, we get a glimpse of the gay disaster friendship between Stewart and Levy’s characters that ranges from Levy casually admitting he tracks his one night stands’ phones to ensure they leave his apartment, to him helping Abby play straight by pretending to be her boyfriend.

In a more touching scene between them, Levy is heard reminding Stewart’s character that, “Everybody’s story is different. Just because Harper isn’t ready, doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you”. Happiest Season, even in the trailer, sets itself apart from the more run-of-the-mill gay drama affair in which characters who aren’t out are shamed for hiding who they are.

Happiest Season marks DuVall’s directorial debut at a major studio and is the first LGBTIQ Christmas rom-com produced by a major studio.

No word yet on where this will be streaming in Australia, but the film will be in (most) cinemas in Australia and NZ on November 26.