Ellen DeGeneres teases a transgender character in Finding Dory

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  • Updated: Jun 13, 2016 17:13 IST
Ellen DeGeneres squirts a water gun at the premiere of Finding Dory at the El Capitan Theatre. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has teased that there is a transgender stingray in her new movie, Finding Dory.

DeGeneres voices the lead character of Dory, a fish with short-term memory loss who appeared in the movie’s 2003’s Finding Nemo.

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Rumours have swirled about the film after the release of the trailer, which apparently showed a lesbian couple pushing a stroller.

And DeGeneres, 58, joked that she was unaware of any homosexual themes within the movie, reported USA Today.

“I don’t know if it’s true, I don’t know if there is, or if she just has a bad short haircut. Who knows if she’s a lesbian?,” she told USA Today of the rumoured gay character.

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“But actually, I’ll tell you a little secret. There’s a Sting-Ray that’s becoming Sting-Rhonda, so there’s a trans-sting in the movie.”

The highly-anticipated Pixar film follows Dory’s journey as she tries to find her family, and features the vocal talents of Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, Dominic West, Ty Burrell and Idris Elba.

DeGeneres, who returns to the sequel opposite Finding Nemo co-star Albert Brooks, says Finding Dory is much darker than the 2003 prequel.

“I think it is both darker and lighter. It’s more complex and layered, and there’s more messaging in it. And it’s still obviously a kid’s film, and it’s an animated Disney Pixar film, but it’s more... I think adults will be equally, if not more, drawn to this film,” she said.

“I love that each of these characters is flawed, and they’re all going through a little bit of a struggle. And, they use their disabilities to actually be their strength.”

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And, when asked if she was anything like her character Dory, the comedienne replied, “I think I, like Dory, feel different. I think I probably don’t think the way everybody else thinks, and so there’s that.”

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