Kelly Marie Tran would be ‘thrilled’ for the queer sequel Raya and the Last Dragon
Kelly Marie Tran would love to work on a weird sequel to Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. (P Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty/Disney)
Kelly Marie Tran said she would be ‘thrilled’ to have the opportunity to work on a queer sequel to hit the Disney movie Raya and the last dragon.
Tran said Initiated that it was “f*****g awesome” that she got to play Raya, a fearless warrior who embarks on an epic journey through Kumandra. In the film, Raya searches for the last legendary dragon in order to banish the evil spirits known as Druun from the land and save mankind.
The actress said she was proud to play the warrior princess and often had to remind herself that “everyone dreams of doing the things that I miraculously became a part of.”
“We do impossible things every day,” Tran said. “It’s more than anything I could have imagined for my life.”
Tran added that she would be interested in working on a follow-up to the film, especially if the sequel focuses on a potential queer relationship between Raya and her longtime nemesis Namaari (Gemma Chan). But Tran said it was ultimately not her decision whether such a project would go through and she could not speak on behalf of Disney or her co-stars.
“I’ll speak for myself and say I’d love to explore this in any sort of sequel, in any form,” Tran said.
Kelly Marie Tran has previously stated that she decided Raya was gay because she felt there were “romantic feelings” between her character and Namarri.
She said vanity lounge that Raya is “obsessed with Namaari” and this led her to believe that her character had more than platonic feelings towards her enemy.
“I think if you’re a person watching this movie and you see the portrayal in a way that feels really real and authentic to you, then it’s real and authentic,” Tran says. “I think it might get me in trouble for saying that, but whatever.”
Disney has only featured a few openly LGBTQ+ characters and stories in the past. The filmmaker included a blink moment and you’ll miss it in the The beauty and the Beast live-action who “confirmed” LeFou’s sexuality in a dance scene.
Disney decided to cut – then redo – a homosexual kiss from the upcoming Buzz Lightyear origin film, Light year.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – in which Kelly Marie Tran starred – introduced the first homosexual kiss in the history of sci-fi francise despite the incredibly brief moment.
marvel’s Eternals was the the studio’s first film to feature an openly gay superheroand America Chavez talked about her queer identity and parents in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Earlier this year, LGBTQ+ Pixar staff accused Diney of cutting “almost every moment of openly gay affection” of their plans in a damning open letter.
The letter alleged that Disney’s corporate reviews “shaved off” some of Pixar’s “great stories,” which were “full of diverse characters,” “down to the crumbs of what they once were.”
Workers claimed that a large majority of LGBTQ+ moments in the projects were “cut at Disney’s request” despite “protests from Pixar’s creative teams and management.”