light year banned from showing in several countries because a brief scene of a same-sex kiss was removed from an early version of the film but reinserted for the final cut. The film was banned in markets such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia and Indonesia. While none of these are big markets for American tentpoles, it’s also likely that the film will be banned from showing in Chinese theaters unless the scene is removed or edited. China recently forced Warner Bros. to make cuts Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Avoid references to a same-sex relationship.
Pixar, which slammed Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, reinstated the kiss after Disney CEO Bob Chapek mishandled the situation. As such, it seems unlikely that Pixar would be willing to make cuts in the Warner Bros. sense for the Wizarding World sequel. According to Deadline, the scene apparently takes place between Alisha, a character voiced by Uzo Aduba, and another woman.
“As a studio, we are committed to maintaining the integrity of every film we release, including in circumstances that require nuanced cuts to respond sensitively to a variety of market factors,” Warner Bros. said at the time. “Our hope is to release our features globally as released by their creators, but in the past we have faced small changes made in local markets Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted these changes to meet local requirements, but the film’s spirit remains intact. We want audiences around the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences also have the opportunity to experience it, even with these minor changes.”
Other recent Disney releases facing similar challenges in international markets have been Marvel’s eternal and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Disney has a new synopsis for light year: A sci-fi action-adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy, light year follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits (voiced by Keke Palmer, Dale Soules and Taika Waititi) and his robot companion Sox (voiced by Peter Sohn). Also in the cast are Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director Find Dory) and produced by Galyn Susman (Toy Story that time has forgotten), light year will be released on Friday the 17th.