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Just as talk about The Last Jedi was settling down, we now find ourselves a mere week away from another adventure in that galaxy far, far away, as Solo: A Star Wars Story hits cinemas next week. But even with Solo (and Deadpool) ushering in a summer of predominantly straight white action heroes dominating our screens for the next few months, this week has gifted us with several bits of much-needed diversity, courtesy of Spike Lee, Bohemian Rhapsody and surprisingly, the aforementioned Solo: A Star Wars Story.
We’ve all got skin in the game of the new Spike Lee joint
Racism is always a powerful topic, and the discussion of it’s prevalence in society has lead to some great films; a recent one being Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Now Peele has returned to produce BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee. A comedy-drama based on the real life of Ron Stallworth, the film follows the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, and his attempts to infiltrate and bring down the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. To do so, he enlists fellow detective Zimmerman, to go undercover.
With Jordan Peele involved in another race-focused film, I was down for this the moment it was announced. And Spike Lee at the helm doesn’t hurt matters. Plus I love me some Adam Driver, so that’s a nice bonus too. But if you need a bit more encouragement than I did, here’s the brand new trailer:
BlacKkKlansman shoots into cinemas on August 10th 2018.
Rami Malek’s here to rock you
Trailers these days have a habit of giving to much away, but fortunately, that is not the case with the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Filled with hit songs and brief snippets from the life of Freddie Mercury, the trailer does its best draw you in without explicitly laying down, beat-for-beat, how the film will play out.
Whether the film is good or bad, it’s hard not to get interested in this film, even if the trailer is essentially just a compilation of songs we’ve all heard before, because honestly, those songs, and Queen in general, are pretty damn great.
Bohemian Rhapsody rocks into cinemas on November 2nd 2018.
Lando Calrissian outed by Solo screenwriter
While there was a brief uproar about the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer as some felt it didn’t depict Mercury’s relationships with men and women in equal measure, another film under fire for a similar reason at the moment is Solo (I say ‘under fire’.. the film is getting good reviews, but this right here is a bit of a hot topic at the moment).
This past week, Solo screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan (son of Empire Strikes Back writer Laurence Kasdan) answered the Huffington Post in the affirmative when asked if Lando Calrissian was pansexual:
“I would say yes. There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality.
I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of. He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun, I don’t know where it will go.”
For some, this is cause for celebration, but many are much more skeptical, reasoning that it’s a cop-out to declare a character to be LGBT behind the scenes, but not give any evidence of that in the final product.
J.K. Rowling’s declaration that Albus Dumbledore is gay, has been commonly cited as an example.
On the upside, this week also saw Lucasfilm Kathleen Kenedy seemingly confirm that Donald Glover will also be getting his own spin-off film, and we can only hope that Lando’s pansexuality will be explored further there.