• Pixar's new film 'Onward' to feature a cyclops cop in a same-sex relationship, played by Lena Waithe. (Pixar, Getty)Source: Pixar, Getty
“It’s a modern fantasy world and we want to represent the modern world.”
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

24 Feb 2020 - 1:37 PM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2020 - 1:37 PM

Pixar's new animated feature film Onward is set to feature a "breakthrough moment" for onscreen LGBTIQ+ representation, with Lena Waithe slated to voice a cyclops police officer who is in a same-sex relationship.

Slate reports that the character, named Specter, confirms her sexuality with a line of casual dialogue in the film.

“My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out," the one-eyed officer explains to a driver she's pulled over.

While the character is reportedly only in one scene, LGBTIQ+ organisation GLAAD celebrated the character as a sign of progress.

"This will be a breakthrough moment in representation when it premieres, and we hope to see more inclusion in animated films," the group tweeted.

“It just kind of happened,” Onward producer Kori Rae explained to Yahoo Entertainment.

Director Dan Scanlon added: “The scene, when we wrote it, was kind of fitting and it opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted.

“It’s a modern fantasy world and we want to represent the modern world.”

The movie follows the story of a group of elven brothers who attempt to bring their father back from the dead with a resurrection spell, only for everything to go awry. The film also stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Ali Wong, and Mel Rodriguez.

You can watch the trailer for Onward below:

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