- Disney announced that a live-action version of their 1998 animated film Mulan, the story of a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man to become a soldier, would hit theaters in 2018. However, controversy quickly arose as it turned out that the studio had bought a script that featured a white male lead who falls in love with the title character and ultimately saves the day. (It doesn't help that these reports came in the midst of similar controversy over another Chinese set-and-themed film with a white male lead, the upcoming The Great Wall.) Fortunately, Disney eventually confirmed that all primary characters in the film would indeed be Chinese.
- Black trans journalist Amanda Stevens says she was kicked off a United Airlines flight because her baseball cap featuring Marvel's Black Panther made the pilot "uncomfortable". United says they're in contact with Stevens, but with the hype for the 2018 Black Panther film just getting started, we can expect a lot more racially tinged "discomfort" over the character in the months ahead.
- Lucasfilm released a new trailer for December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, featuring a first look at the character played by Hannibal Lecter himself, actor Mads Mikkelsen. There are also droids, lightsabers, AT-ATs, Darth Vader, and a few other things Star Wars fans tend to get excited about.
- Finally, with the release of the Harry Potter-sort-of-prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them approaching, J.K. Rowling revealed that future films in the Fantastic Beasts series would feature a young Albus Dumbledore, the character whom Rowling outed shortly after the series ended. The news offers hope that we might finally get some explicitly queer characters and themes in a future Harry Potter-universe story, a positive development given that Rowling has been deservedly criticized for the lack of such representation to date.
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