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Disney Casts First Trans Person as a Queen for Upcoming Disney+ Series

A little over a week ago, it was discovered that Disney intended on injecting more LGBTQ+ characters into the content they made for children, and it appears one example has come to light.

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A trans person has been cast in a queen and mother role in the upcoming series reboot of the 1980s movie Willow from Lucasfilm.

According to Deadline:

“British actress Talisa Garcia¬†(Baptiste) has been cast in anticipated¬†Disney+ series¬†Willow, marking the first known occasion an openly trans actor has been cast in a production from Disney-owned¬†Lucasfilm, home to the¬†Star Wars¬†and¬†Indiana Jones franchises.

In the TV spinoff of the 1980s fantasy classic, which is now in post-production, a princess assembles a party to join her on a quest to rescue her twin brother.”

We understand Garcia will play a Queen and the mother to Tony Revolori‚Äôs character who takes part in the quest. Garcia‚Äôs role is a small speaking part and the actress may ultimately only appear in one episode.”

Deadline clarifies that this will be the first time that a trans person will play a “cis” character in a Disney+ film or television series.

Willow

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Talisa–born Joseph Garcia–took to Instagram in excitement, saying:

“I feel so blessed and honored to be part of the Willow family; this is quite literally the definition of ‘a dream come true’…I was in so much pain from growing up in the wrong body that I spent hours living in a fantasy world where I was a princess or, in my more daring flights of fancy, even a queen, in a magical Disney production…Here I am, all these years later, an actual queen in a magical Lucasfilm & Disney production. That wild fantasy land that I used to disappear in to for escape and comfort is now reality… so, from one daydreamer to all the others out there… don’t stop! Dreams do come true.”

Trans Person Cast as Queen

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Lucasfilm’s¬†Willow¬†is currently in Post-Production.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.