The out gay actor has announced that he is directing and starring in the biopic about the classic English playwright who spent 2 years behind the bars for sexual encounters with men, which was illegal in the UK by then. The Picture of Dorian Gray writer, who had a string of male lovers, was famously arrested and sent to Reading Gaol in 1895. He died in 1900, just three years after being released from prison. The film, which comes out on June 15 after premiering at the BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, also stars Colin Firth – as Wilde’s friend Reggie Turner – and Emily Watson as his wife whose life is slowly turned into a torture, PinkNews reports. Wilde is depicted as a poor man on the edge of life in Paris, but this struggle only inspires him on beautiful poetic images he expresses with words. The film follows Wilde across Europe, as he recovers from his tragic love affair with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas – played by Merlin actor Colin Morgan.