Lucy Lawless wants the next Xena to be a black lesbian
The original Xena, Lucy Lawless, wants the rebooted programme to have a black lesbian lead.
Xena: Warrior Princess, which originally aired between 1995 and 2001, is expected to be relaunched next year and the show’s former star has said she wants to see the show go further than before.
Speaking at TCA last week, Lucy Lawless said she thought the show should go further than a love affair between Xena and her best friend, Gabrielle.
“Now they need to make them an interracial couple,” she said. “Black Xena!”
In the original series, Xena and Gabrielle never got involved with each other romantically, though there was always a subtext.
Executive Producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has said that because social views have changed, this time round there will be a romantic relationship together.
Xena writer Liz Friedman told After Ellen, that the romantic relationship between the two was something the network didn’t want to deal with.
She said: “It came up all the time.
“The studio was very worried about it, and I was the one saying to them ‘Guys, no one’s ever gonna think they’re gay.’
“Because my now wife, then girlfriend, and I would go to the supermarket and I am a white Jew, she’s Creole and people would look at us, and it was clear that we were connected in some way, and they’d go ‘Are you two sisters?’ That f*ck each other!
“What was bizarre to me that lesbians were so invisible in the real world, but then something just happened and I just assumed no one would ever think that about Xena and Gabrielle.”