Dave Franco played your stereotypical frat bro in the 2014 comedy Neighbors.
Not only did his character Pete chug beers and perform quite the penis party trick, he got revenge on best bro Teddy (Zac Efron) by having sex with his girlfriend!
But in the upcoming Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the Delta Psi alum’s return could be the biggest twist in the film — because he’s now in a relationship with another man!
This might seem like a surprising turn for the brotastic sequel, but director Nicholas Stoller says he’s been wanting to evolve Pete’s sexuality for quite some time.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall filmmaker explained he was inspired by the bromance between Pete and Teddy in the original film — particularly when Pete says “I love you” to his friend after Teddy takes the blame for a firework-wrecked party house.
“Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension there, and I was like, ‘He should just be gay,’ Then in this one, it came up again. [Co-writer] Evan Goldberg brought it up, and he said, ‘I think he should be gay, and part of [his arc] should be the proposal.’ It was kind of all of us coming to the same conclusion.”
So not only is Franco’s character gay, but he’s about to get married to his one true bro (played by 30 Rock alum John Early)!
Stoller revealed the decision was also influenced by a reporter who asked why the the director never had any gay characters in his films. He continued:
“I was like, ‘I don’t know why. I literally don’t know. I have no good answer for that. So this seemed like an organic way to have that happen.”
Better late than never — especially if a Franco is involved! LOLz!
As for Davey’s thoughts on Pete’s new arc, the actor was “so excited” to take a new direction with the character. He said:
“Even though I’m not on screen for a significant amount of time, hopefully it will be very memorable. And of course I was excited to try something new with the character while still maintaining his essence.”
Don’t you worry, we have a feeling this will be VERY memorable performance indeed!
See a newly gay Pete when Neighbors 2 hits theaters May 20!
[Image via Universal Pictures.]