Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon just got its first official trailer on this week, and we’re are already speculating about McKinnon’s character Jillian Holtzmann.
There appears to be some flirting with McKinnon’s edgy, short-haired, slightly off-kilter character, Jillian Holtzmann, and Wiig’s straight-laced scientist Erin Gilbert.
McKinnon is Saturday Night Live‘s first openly lesbian cast member, and while she’s not necessarily playing a lesbian here, her magnetic performance is certainly inviting speculation, particularly due to one particularly saucy wink and a subtly suggestive smile.
And yes, this would be a huge moment if McKinnon were to play a lesbian character in Ghostbusters – a mainstream science fiction comedy that could very well be one of the biggest hits of the summer
While it’s probably wise to keep expectations low, this could spark a new trend for LGBTI characters in mainstream science fiction fare.
Last week, Star Wars director JJ Abrams responded to the fans wanting a romance between Finn and Poe or any gay character.
When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity,’ he said. ‘So of course . . . I would love it. To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
Watch the Ghostbusters trailer here: