Star Wars director says gay characters will appear in upcoming films
JJ Abrams says the it would be impossible not to include gay characters in upcoming films.
Many fans have been wondering when an openly gay character will appear in the galaxy far, far away – and JJ Abrams thinks its definitely going to happen – very soon.
“Of course!” Abrams told The Daily Beast.
“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.”
The award winning director said that it is not plausible that gay characters would not exist in the Star Wars Universe.
“To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility,” he continued.
“So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
Although Abrams gave no specific details regarding which characters may or may not be LGBT, many fans already have their suspicions.
Last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured a close bond between Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) – with rumours spreading that Disney is 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.”
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Boyega initially shut down reports, but hinted recently that there’s still life in the idea yet.
He said: “As far as I’m concerned, when JJ [Abrams] sat us down to go through the script, it was a bromance.
“But now I’m learning what Mark Hamill said before when he didn’t know that Darth Vader was Luke’s father: you never know what they’re going to pull.
“I’m looking at the director Rian [Johnson] closely so he can get me involved early, so I can prepare myself. So who knows?”
Rian Johnson, who is directing the next Star Wars film, appears to be a supporter of the rumour – even tweeting fanart of the pairing.