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From James Bond to ‘They/Them,’ John Logan has always brought a queer eye to blockbuster spectacle

Gladiator shape, made James Bond admit he (might) have had some queer flings, and gifted us with Michael Fassbender kissing… Michael Fassbender.Yes, you may not have known it, but a gay man has been behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster entertainment since the ’90s.From Any Given Sunday to Skyfall to Penny Dreadful to Oscar-nominated screenplays for Gladiator and The Aviator, John Logan’s prolific career had previously stuck to the script. But that all changes this summer with They/Them, a slasher set at a gay conversion camp—which happens to be Logan’s directorial debut.Now available to stream on Peacock, the Blumhouse-produced horror flips the tropes of the genre on its head, and gives Logan the opportunity to directly explore queer themes and characters for the first time in film.In conversation with Queerty, the writer/director goes deep on his love of slashers, shares why They/Them doesn’t make queer characters the victims like some might expect, and explains how the film’s wholly unexpected musical sequence came together.

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Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney’s dream role is playing first trans Bond girl
shot to stardom, almost overnight, after coming-of-age series Heartstopper landed on the streaming service just two months ago.In fact, the entire cast – which includes Kit Connor and Joe Locke – has been catapulted to fame, with the TV show achieving major success and already being renewed for two more seasons.Yasmin plays Elle Argent, a trans student who is navigating life, love, and friendships after transferring from Truham boys’ school to Higgs school for girls.Since the show aired, Yaz has landed a role in the Doctor Who 60th anniversary celebrations and confirmed that her character is also trans – but the sky is the limit for her and she wants to go full blockbuster next.The teen star told the Mirror: ‘I would love to be a trans Bond girl or just a Bond girl in general. I love James Bond.‘Every time I watch a Bond film, I think I would love to be that cool, sexy Bond girl that has never been done before.’Yasmin added that Caroline Cossey has been an inspiration to her, after watching her as an extra in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only.Caroline, now 60, is also trans, and has been open about how being outed by the press deeply impacted her mental health.Yasmin says Caroline – who was the first trans women to model for Playboy in the early 1990s – inspired her ‘to be the positive representation that James Bond never had.’‘There are people in the industry that were transphobic, but now they aren’t because of the way things are changing.