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J.J. Abrams is producing a 1980s dramedy based on RuPaul's life

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The rise of RuPaul will be documented in a dramedy series produced by J.J. Abrams, EW has confirmed.

The prospective series — which is being written by Gary Lennon (Power, Orange Is the New Black) — is set in 1980s New York City and offers up a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s life, tracing his ascent from nightclub presence to drag queen, TV personality, singer, and international gay icon. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot and World of Wonder (producer of The RuPaul Show and RuPaul’s Drag Race) are producing the series in association with Warner Bros. RuPaul is also serving as an executive producer of the show, which soon will be shopped around Hollywood.

Deadline first reported the news.

RuPaul, who popped up on 2 Broke Girls earlier this year, currently hosts RuPaul’s Drag Race, which will move from its longtime home on Logo to VH1 for its ninth season. He won an Emmy last fall for outstanding reality show host.