Pop Culture Fix: Lily Gladstone and Archie Panjabi to Star in Murder Mystery “Under the Bridge,” Gays Rejoice

Lily Gladstone, Archie Panjabi, and Riley Keough Team Up to Find Missing Teens in Under the Bridge

Riley Keough, Archie Panjabi, and Lily Gladstone from Hulu's Under the Bridge


Lily Gladstone and Riley Keough are set to star in an upcoming murder mystery Under the Bridge, which is made by the creators of Little Fires Everywhere. In the trailer, the teens at the center of the mystery say that the local police call them Bic Girls, like the lighters, because they’re disposable. But not to Lily Gladstone’s character, Cam Bentland! Cam is determined to solve this, and might get some help from Riley Keough’s Rebecca Godfrey, who has come to town to write a book. It’s based on a true story written by the real Rebecca Godfrey, who sadly passed away from lung cancer just after the series was announced. She is still credited as a producer on the show, and worked on the project for years leading up to her death.

On top of Lily Gladstone (metaphorically), LGBTQ+ fans will also delight to know Archie Panjabi will be there. She’ll play Suman Virk, and from the Wikipedia I do believe she might be the mother of the victim that kicked this investigation off. Now, I know Archie herself might not be queer (as far as I know) but she has become a queer icon playing characters like the badass bisexual Kalinda in The Good Fight, bisexual boss Jane Lesser in Personal Affairs, and probably-gay-but-never-confirmed-as-such Pinky Bhamra.

The show looks dark and mysterious and extremely my jam, so I personally can’t wait to check it out. Under the Bridge will be premiere on Hulu on April 17, but you can watch the trailer now:

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+ The Last Thing He Told Me has been renewed for a second season despite originally being a limited series; here’s hoping Aisha Tyler reprises her “fun gay aunt” role

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+ The next Mad Max movie about Furiosa will premiere at Cannes and… it HAS to be gay right? Right??

+ A book sharing stories from trans teens is coming out this year

+ Jack Black wants to do School of Rock 2: Electric Boogaloo which would be great, especially since a few of those kids turned out to be queer like Rivkah Reyes and Z Infante

+ Related, when checking to make sure I was spelling Rivkah Reyes correctly, I noticed that IMDb has a feature where if the credit doesn’t exactly match – like for some of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s old movie it might say “(as Love Hewitt)” because she used to be credited like that when she was trying to drop the Jennifer – but the person is trans, instead of deadnaming them, it can say “(as a different name)” which is neat. It definitely hasn’t blanket-applied to every trans person on IMDb, but it’s cool that it’s an option and hopefully anyone who wants it in place can make it so pretty easily.

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Valerie Anne

Just a TV-loving, Twitter-addicted nerd who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

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  1. Maybe it’s because I’m both Canadian and old enough to remember when the Reena Virk case was in the media non-stop, but is it odd to anyone else to hear Under the Bridge described as a “murder mystery” rather than true crime?

    Maybe that’s not a huge difference in pure genre terms, but it feels a little off to me.

    • I had never heard of the case, but I think true crime stories can also be murder mysteries, especially when highly dramatized like this seems to be. Like I would never call a documentary about a crime a murder mystery, but this is decidedly not a documentary. Like you said, I think it’s mostly semantics.

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