'Rocketman' will be the first major studio film to feature gay sex scenes

'Rocketman' will be the first major studio film to feature gay sex scenes

Until now, gay sex scenes have been a taboo for major studio films.

It was for this reason that last year's Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody came under fire for only showing sex scenes of Freddie Mercury with his female lover and not his male.

This, however, is not going to be the case in the soon-to-be-released Elton John biopic Rocketman. In which, for the first time in a major studio film, there will be gay sex scenes between Elton (Taron Egerton) and his former manager John Reid (Richard Madden).

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The news comes after it was initially feared that the scenes could be edited out of the film and lead to similar straightwashing criticisms that Bohemian Rhapsody faced.

Taron Egerton as Elton John, putting on some glasses. Credit: Paramount Pictures

Director Dexter Fletcher said of the scenes possibly being cut: "Seeing much speculation about ROCKETMAN!"

"That's good! It's still unfinished so it's nothing but rumors. It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in. See for yourself May 24."

A scene from the upcoming Elton John biopic. Credit: Paramount Pictures

However, while Rocketman will be breaking new ground by including these scenes, it has come under fire from people who believe that a heterosexual man, Taron Egerton, should play a gay one.

Egerton said of this criticism: "I've approached it wholeheartedly and I hope that for that reason people accept me [as Elton]. The LGBTQ community has always been about inclusiveness, hasn't it? Not about, We're here. You're there.' In fact, if you want to come in, come on in."