The internet is going wild for a theory that Star Wars will feature its first gay romance.
Ahead of the release of latest film The Force Awakens, rumours spread that Disney are setting up a gay romance between two of the film’s main characters.
The film features a close bond between Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) – which some picked up on.
Appearing on Ellen before the film’s release, Isaac added fuel to the fire by hinting at an undisclosed romance of some kind, adding: “I think it’s very subtle romance that’s happening,” Issac tells the host, refusing to specify which characters is talking about.
“You know, you have to just look very close — you have to watch it a few times to see the little hints. But there was.”
Given the distinct lack of vibes between Finn or Poe and lead female Rey (Daisy Ridley), the internet is going mad for the ‘FinnPoe’ ship.
A fanfiction site already records over 500 different stories featuring the pair as a gay couple, while Tumblr users have created countless artworks dedicated to the pair.
In September, Star Wars writer Chuck Wending issued an epic response to critics who were unhappy with the introduction of a major new gay character into the Star Wars universe.
Wending revealed in a recent interview that the franchise would be introducing the character in his new novel – Star Wars: Aftermath.
Fans were quick to point out that lesbian jedi Juhani, featured in the 2003 game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – making her technically the first gay Star Wars hero – though the new films are set in a different universe.