Keira Knightley says Bend It Like Beckham characters should have been lesbians

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Bend It Like Beckham star Keira Knightley has shown her support for a lesbian sequel to the football film.

The 2002 movie follows two teenage girls, her character Jules Paxton and Jess Bhamra, played by Parminder Nagra.

In the film, Parminder's character Jess goes against her Sikh family's wishes as she joins a football team.

The storyline follows the two girls who fall out after they both develop feelings for football coach Joe, played by Jonathan Rhys Myers.

Despite the romance involving a love triangle between Jules, Jess and Joe, many fans of the film think the two girls should have secretly had an interest in one another instead.

When speaking to PrideSource about rumours that the original plot of the film focused on a lesbian love story, Keira stated she only saw one script which was the final version of the film.

She said: “I never read that version of the script! I mean, not as far as I know. But you might have information that I don’t have. No, the only version of the script that I ever read was the one that we shot, so it was as it was."

Pride Source informed the actress that many people wanted Jess and Jules to end up being together and the 37-year-old also seemed keen on the idea.

She responded: "F**k yeah! That would’ve been amazing. I think they should’ve been too. I think that would’ve been great. We need a sequel.”

In the same interview, she mentioned that she's a fan of the hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race and wants her Sugarplum Fairy costume that she wears in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to inspire drag queens.

Keira said: "Everybody’s a fan! Yeah, there’s a bit of Drag Race watching,” she said.

“And then there’s a great drag night in East London, which I used to go to when I could go out before I had a child, which was always fun.

“So can I just put that out there: Please, please let there be a drag queen somewhere who will be in a Sugar Plum Fairy outfit.”

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