The New Mutants director Josh Boone has hit out at Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s lack of queer representation, especially since the publicity for the blockbuster sought to highlight the kiss between two female Resistance fighters.
“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,’” Boone told Too Fab.
One of the characters, Commander D’Acy, did have a speaking role in both The Rise Of Skywalker and The Last Jedi, but the other hadn’t been seen before. Plus, the kiss was only for the briefest of moments.
Boone was clearly keen to stress that The New Mutants does a much better job than The Rise Of Skywalker, as the same sex love story between Blu Hunt’s Dani Moonstar and Maisie Williams’ Wolfsbane is key to the film’s plot.
“We didn’t put this in to be confrontational or really even in a calculated way, it just happened naturally...”
“It was more of a gentle thing and a coming of age thing than it was a sexual thing,” Boone added, before opening up about the potential impact of depicting Moonstar and Wolfsbane’s relationship.
“When I was a teenager, I would go to the movies and… they were like therapy… So 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 is now playing in theatres.