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.
‘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,”‘ he told TooFab.
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.
‘I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.’
Josh’s upcoming Marvel flick will follow a group of mutants held against their will as they’re declared dangerous without full control of their superpowers.
After a string of delays, the X-Men spin-off was due out on April 3, 2020, but was pushed back over the coronavirus pandemic, with the new release date of September 4.
Screenwriter Kante Lee previously defended the delays in a chat with Empire Magazine, suggesting it may have been worse if the movie was dropped closer to other superhero releases.
‘It feels like the perfect time for a superhero movie that’s more intimate and claustrophobic,’ she said.
‘And we still have so many “firsts”: we’re the first Marvel horror, we’re the first to feature a gay relationship.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted LucasFilm for comment.
New Mutants is set to be released on September 4, 2020.
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