Heartland rocker John Mellencamp responds to a new queer film titled Jack & Diane, which stars Kylie Minogue.

Legendary American rock figure John Mellencamp has responded to a new film that shares the title of his biggest hit – 1982’s ‘Jack & Diane’ – which spent four weeks at number one in the US.

The film, a queer coming of age tale, stars Juno Temple, Riley Keough and Kylie Minogue (who also contributes to the soundtrack), and was directed by relative newcomer Bradley Rust Gray.

Mellencamp has released a statement hoping to clarify any misconceptions that he has anything to do with the film.

“You don’t hear my song in the film and I played no part in suggesting or offering this title,” he says, “It’s most apparent that the lead characters were named with the hope that the familiar title might resonate in some people’s minds. I guess that’s OK to do, strictly from a legal perspective, but riding on someone else’s coattails and having a moral compass is left up to each individual.”

The film will be released in cinemas in the US on November 2 and has already screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and is already available on demand.

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