Disney movie lovers are counting down the days until Cruella hits theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on May 28. The film will follow the origin story of one of the most iconic Disney villains out there — Cruella de Vil.
Emma Stone will be playing the titular character alongside Emma Thompson, who will take on the role of Baroness. In addition to these two actresses, John McCrea will join the cast as he plays the owner of a vintage shop who becomes friends with Emma Stone’s Estelle (aka Cruella).
In a recent interview, McCrea was asked if his character in Cruella is part of the LGBTQ+ community, which he was very straightforward with answering. Per CinemaBlend‘s report:
John McCrea plays the owner of a vintage shop who befriends Emma Stone’s Estelle, thanks to their mutual love of fashion. The actor is known for his lead role in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the West End, ahead of the play’s upcoming movie adaptation. He was asked whether his character is in fact a LGBTQ character, here was his response:
“It depends on who you’re asking I suppose – but for me, yes, it’s official: he’s queer.”
Disney has not confirmed if McCrea’s character is part of the LGBTQ+ community, but McCrea clearly said that if anyone asks him about the topic, his character is, in fact, queer.
Queer communities have highly embraced Disney characters despite if they have been confirmed to be part of the LGBTQ community or not. In fact, just recently Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon has felt like the closest step to representing a gay character within a Disney movie with Kelly Marie Tran confirming her Disney princess is gay.
Additionally, Frozen’s Elsa has been brought up quite often when it comes to this topic. Before the second Frozen film debuted, songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez spoke on the topic of Elsa and a love interest, confirming she would not be getting one and why that was okay. “Like the first movie, Elsa is not just defined by a romantic interest,” Anderson-Lopez explained at the 2019 D23 Expo. “That’s not a story that we wanted to tell at this point in time. What we really wanted to tell was if you have these powers, how do you grow and change and find your place in the world and find answers that haven’t been found before?”
Aside from Elsa, many were quick to believe Josh Gad’s Lefou was romantically interested in Luke Evans’s Gaston in the live-action Beauty and the Beast. And as for Pixar, Onward did feature the company’s first openly LGBTQ character, which many felt was a step in the right direction.
Cruella hits theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on May 28.
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