Time for the LGBTQA+ community to rejoice as Disney is finally giving us the representation that’s been campaigned over for years: a popular Disney character will be portrayed as gay in an upcoming live action remake.
Simba from ‘The Lion King’ has been confirmed to be gay in the upcoming Disney remake, Viral Disney has reported.
The reboot of the Disney classic will closely follow the plot of the original movie, which was released in 1994. Young lion cub Simba is on the run following his father’s brutal murder by his villainous uncle, Scar. But there will be a twist in the tale: following the success of the gay moment in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the film will see a plot twist to bring a modernised telling of the story.
According to the source who spoke exclusively to Viral Disney, Simba realizes he is gay during his teen years after meeting same-sex couple, Timon and Pumbaa.
The iconic Disney duo has been speculated to be in a homosexual relationship by fans for years, so it seems as though Disney has picked up on this and made a lot of shippers very happy – not to mention the LGBTQA+ community.
But what about Simba’s best-friend-turned-girlfriend, Nala? She has been replaced by a male lion named Naji.
A Disney spokesperson confirmed that this story line will be central to the movie, saying, “After the massive commercial success of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, we want to make a clear commitment to diversity and LGBT equality in all of our future films.
“We think audiences around the world will fall in love with our retelling of Simba’s story.”
The movie is set to release on the 31st of June 2018.
Featured image source