John Boyega crushes hopes of gay Star Wars romance
Star Wars star John Boyega has seemingly crushed hopes of a gay romance in the film series.
The film features a close bond between Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) – with rumours spreading that Disney are setting up a gay romance between two of the film’s main characters.
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.”
“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.”
However, Boyega shut down the ship in an interview, according to Chris Mandle and the Metro.
He wrote: “Sad news: John Boyega confirmed to me the Finn/Poe romance is not canon and it only exists ‘in Oscar’s head’ :(”
The news likely won’t go down well online.
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 novel 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. The new films, however, are set in a different universe.