Claire Danes and Jim Parsons to Play Married Couple in Transgender Drama ‘A Kid Called Jake’

Film is based on a Lincoln Center play

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“Homeland” star Claire Danes and “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons will play a married couple in “A Kid Like Jake,” a transgender family drama adapted from a Lincoln Center play, TheWrap has learned.

The film follows a couple raising a four-year-old son who prefers to dress up as a princess instead of G.I. Joe — a particularly poignant topic given President Donald Trump’s recent rollback of protections for transgender children. On Thursday, the administration reverse an Obama administration policy that allowed transgender schoolchildren to use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity.

“Transparent’s” Silas Howard — one of Hollywood’s few transgender directors — will helm the adaptation. Daniel Pearle wrote the screenplay based on his 2013 play.

“A Kid Like Jake” will be Parsons’ first leading role in a feature film. He played NASA scientist Paul Stafford in Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures.” Danes, who currently headlines the sixth season of Showtime’s “Homeland,” will star in Sony Classics’ upcoming “Brigsby Bear,” which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Parsons and Todd Spiewak are producing the movie through their That’s Wonderful Productions along with Eric Norsoph. Double Nickel is the executive producer.

CAA is handling the movie’s sale. “A Kid Like Jake” will be shopped around to potential financing partners over the next few days.

Parsons is represented by CAA, Principal Entertainment and Gang Tyre. Danes is repped by WME.