Jurassic World: Dominion will introduce the decades-old franchise’s first brazenly LGBTQ character as confirmed by the film’s co-star DeWanda Wise. Wise will play pilot Kayla Watts within the new movie alongside franchise stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing and Chris Pratt as Owen Grady.
Wise, acquainted to audiences for her roles in She’s Gotta Have It and The Harder They Fall, just lately spoke out to ComicBook.com relating to the significance of illustration in tentpole blockbusters and confirmed that Kayla was certainly bisexual and could be portrayed as such.
“It’s important, and it’s also important to me that we continue to expand the conversation beyond looking for the kiss. If you’re queer, you’re queer … I said what I said. All the time. You don’t turn it off. It doesn’t matter if your partner’s in the cockpit with you. It just is a statement of being. So that was one of the things just in her DNA, in her dino DNA, ensuring that she is who she is. Kayla is bi, and that’s just, it is what it is.”
– DeWanda Wise
The franchise confronted a level of backlash following 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom when it was revealed that Daniella Pineda’s character Dr. Zia Rodriguez was revealed to be homosexual in a scene that ended up on the slicing room ground — ostensibly for causes of time however maybe fortunately as a result of the reveal was itself revealed to be eye-wincingly ham-handed.
One can hope that Wise’s Watts is afforded a bit extra dignity and the flexibility to only exist.
Wise will be part of not solely Pratt and Howard but in addition characters from the franchise’s authentic movie performed by returning actors Sam Elliot, Laura Dern, B.D. Wong, and Jeff Goldblum.
Jurassic World Dominion hits theaters on June 10.