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28 August 2020 22:30

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The New Mutants Director Explains Why The Rise Of Skywalker’s Same-Sex Kiss Was ‘Embarrassing’ For Representation

The director of upcoming drama New Mutants has branded the highly-anticipated same-sex kiss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 'embarrassing'. In a moment of celebration in the movie, two women are seen sharing a fleeting kiss – but the director of the Maisie Williams movie, Josh Boone, was less than impressed, describing it as the 'most embarrassing' example of LGBT+ representation. He added of the romance in New Mutants: 'We wrote it because the characters in the comic have like an intimate telepathic connection and it just sort of felt like the right thing to do, and it was more of a gentle thing and a coming of age thing than it was a sexual thing.' JJ Abrams, who directed the final Star Wars movie, previously told Variety of the kiss: 'In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they're being represented in the film. If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. We've braved the theaters for Tenet, but we're not sure we'll be doing the same for what's probably the final Fox X-Men movie; The New Mutants.

The New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone who was behind The Fault in our Stars with Shailene Woodley, was meant to be released in 2018. Josh Boone's comic book film features a gay love story between two main characters. Major tentpoles like "Avengers: Endgame" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" were celebrated by their directors ahead of release for including gay characters, and yet both films relegated these much-touted characters to the sidelines. Writer-director Josh Boone and actress Maisie Williams touted back in March that "New Mutants" featured a gay love story. The difference between this film and something like "The Rise of Skywalker" is that the gay characters in "New Mutants" are two of the main characters: Rahne Sinclair (Williams) and Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt).

Boone referred to the gay love story as "sort of the spine and focus of some of the character-driven stuff in the film." Boone has been doubling down on his comic book film's LGBTQ representation this week in the lead up to the long-overdue theatrical release of "The New Mutants." As the writer-director told JoBlo, "It has a gay love story, probably the first one at Disney for sure and like one of the first superhero movies that really has one that's an integral part of the plot and story and the whole thing hangs on it." Boone is making it clear that "The New Mutants" makes good on a promise "Rise of Skywalker" failed to meet, and he takes aim at the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars" sequel in an interview with Too Fab. Boone calls "The Rise of Skywalker" gay kiss "the most embarrassing" example of queer representation, adding, "It was just somebody in the background and [the filmmakers] were like, 'We'll put out articles as if this is something you should pay attention to.'" We wrote it because the characters in the comic have like an intimate telepathic connection and it just sort of felt like the right thing to do, and it was more of a gentle thing and a coming of age thing than it was a sexual thing." Boon concluded, "I hope this would reach some people and for young women out there who are gay and don't see representation in a big movie, it's like, you guys can dress up at Halloween and hold hands and be them and that's awesome." "The New Mutants" opens in theaters August 28 from Disney and 20th Century Studios. The New Mutants direction Josh Boone has called the gay kiss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker "embarrassing". Discussing his upcoming comic book film with IndieWire, the filmmaker explained how a gay love story that acts as "sort of the spine and focus of some of the character-driven stuff in the film." The New Mutants will feature a love story between characters played by Maisie Williams and Blu Hunt, which Boone called "probably the first one at Disney for sure" and "one of the first superhero movies that really has one that's an integral part of the plot and story and the whole thing hangs on it." Mentioning Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as a counter-example, in reference to a moment at the end of the film where a secondary female character shares a kiss with her partner, Boone called the moment "the most embarrassing" example. In reference to the plotline in his film, he explained: "We didn't put this in to be confrontational or really even in a calculated way, it just happened naturally. "We wrote it because the characters in the comic have like an intimate telepathic connection and it just sort of felt like the right thing to do, and it was more of a gentle thing and a coming of age thing than it was a sexual thing." He added: "I hope this would reach some people and for young women out there who are gay and don't see representation in a big movie, it's like, you guys can dress up at Halloween and hold hands and be them and that's awesome." The New Mutants will be released in cinemas on September 4.

While the Star Wars franchise featured more women and people of color, some fans took umbrage with an obligatory blink-and-you'll-miss-it kiss in The Rise of Skywalker between two same-sex background characters. The New Mutants director Josh Boone recently spoke to this subtle nod in Episode IX, calling it the "most embarrassing" version of representation.