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.
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’s character who takes part in the quest. Garcia’s 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.
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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.”
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Lucasfilm’s Willow is currently in Post-Production.