Harry Potter star Tom Felton kisses Taylor Swift’s brother in new film Braking for Whales
A trailer for road trip film Braking for Whales has given the world a glimpse at Draco Malfoy kissing Taylor Swift’s brother.
The upcoming dark comedy stars Harry Potter alum Tom Felton as Brandon, a closeted gay man who is on a road trip with his sex addict sister in order to honour their dead mother’s final wish – to have her ashes interred in the body of the whale.
Tom Felton plays a repressed gay man in Braking for Whales
While the pair are both dealing with grief in their own ways, Brandon is also clearly in deep denial about his sexuality – shouting: “I’m not going to say it again, I’m not gay. I’m not gay!”
Inevitably, there’s a few bumps along the way, and one of those bumps comes in the form of JT, a hunk played by Austin Swift – who is the actual, real-life brother of Taylor Swift.
Despite his repeated insistence that he’s not gay, the trailer gives a glimpse of Brandon – spoiler alert – locking lips with JT after meeting him at a bar.
In an interview with long-serving Harry Potter fansite The Leaky Couldron, director Sean McEwen teased the climactic moment of “self-realisation” for the character.
He said: “Everything that occurs there was written to be eviscerating and surprising and emotional – and Tom not only brought it but he made it his own and then some.
“The scene culminates with a heartbreaking moment of self realisation in the restroom and I think Tom’s performance stands up with the greats. It left the entire crew that evening awestruck.”
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Harry Potter fans were thrilled, naturally
Harry Potter fans were delighted to see Felton getting a gay kiss scene at long last – with shippers having long speculated about the sexuality of the arguably queer-coded villain Draco Malfoy.
Responding to the Braking for Whales trailer, one fan on YouTube quipped: “good to see malfoy has taken a new direction in life and i like it….”
Another added: “Tom Felton plays a gay guy….. my prayers have been answered.”
In an interview with AOL last year, Felton revealed that he was well aware of the Potter fans’ clamour for a gay romance, quipping: “I’ve seen some pictures. Some alarming ones.”