28 August 2020 22:30
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).
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.