Will Ferrell recently made an appearance at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of his new documentary “Will & Harper.”
The documentary centers around Ferrell’s long standing friendship with Harper Steele, who he initially met while he was on “Saturday Night Live” and she was working as a writer (from 1995 to 2008). The documentary follows the pair of best friends on a road trip and discusses their past, as well as Harper’s experience coming out as transgender in 2022.
“It was three summers ago in which Harper emailed a lot of her close friends with the headline: ‘Here’s a Weird One.’ She went on to explain she was going to transition and we were all of course excited to hear the news and surprised to hear the news. All of us were extremely supportive and expressed love…but that sort of opened the questions like, how can we help you? What do you need us to do?” Ferrell stated to Variety at the festival.
Ferrell also stated that before Harper came out to him, he had “zero knowledge” regarding the intricacies of the trans community.
“I had met trans people, but I didn’t have anyone personally in my life. So this was all new territory for me, which is why I think this film is so exciting for us to kind of put out there in the world. It’s a chance for all of us in the cis community to be able to ask questions and also just to listen and be there as a friend to discuss this journey,” Ferrell said.
“It tells the story of a cis friend of a trans person who has to transition himself,” Harper stated. Variety reported that the official synopsis for “Will & Harper” states the following:
“When Will Ferrell finds out his close friend of 30 years is coming out as a trans woman, the two decide to embark on a cross-country road trip to process this new stage of their relationship in an intimate portrait of friendship, transition, and America.”
Ferrell himself also produced the documentary with Jessica Elbaum, Rafael Marmor, and Christopher Leggett, with Josh Greenbaum producing and directing.
“Will & Harper” will make its official debut at Sundance and is seeking distribution out of the festival.
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