"Power Rangers" Director Follows "Beauty and the Beast" Director's Lead and Introduces the First Openly LGBTQ Superhero
"Beauty and the Beast" director, Bill Condon, might have set an example for the rest of the world by casting Disney's first openly gay character. "Power Rangers" director, Dean Israelite, revealed that Trini, the Yellow Ranger in the new Power Rangers movie premiering March 24, questions her sexuality.
The Yellow Ranger, played by Becky G, is the first openly LGBTQ superhero.
Condon originally changed Le Fou character to translate better to a 2017 audience.
"We are including everybody. I think this is for everybody, and on the screen, we'll see everybody. And that was important to me," Condon told People magazine.
Now, it seems other directors want to do the same.
"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is," Israelite told The Hollywood Reporter.
The scene is said to be small but intense as Trini struggles to identify her sexual orientation.
"She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That’s OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe," Israelite told The Hollywood Reporter.
The original Blue Ranger, played by David Yost, spoke out in support of the director’s choice to cast the LGBTQ Yellow Ranger.
"They really stepped up to the plate," Yost told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation."
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