The argument around casting queer actors in queer roles has recently been all over social media. With actors like Daniel Franzese and Idris Elba chiming in on the casting of straight comedian, Jack Whitehall in the first openly gay role in a Disney movie, the conversation is more prevalent than ever.
Recently chiming in is Game of Thrones actor, Kit Harington. While promoting his new film, The Death and Life of John F Donovan, he brought up the issue in an interview with Variety.
"There's a big problem with the idea of masculinity and homosexuality that they can't somehow go hand in hand," Harington said. "That we can't have someone in a Marvel movie who's gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that going to happen?"
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has come under fire for its lack of LGBTQ representation, as has parent company, Disney. The character of Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok was written as bisexual, but the scene revealing her sexuality was cut from the film. Although producers have addressed the issue and expressed their commitment to inclusion, it doesn't seem to be enough.