J.J. Abrams Says Star Wars Universe Will Include Gay Characters

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Sunday night there will be a lot of attention paid to the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, will be immune to such criticism. It featured a wonderfully diverse cast, topped off with a female Jedi and a black lead. 

But could the Star Wars universe expand its diversity even further by having its first out-and-proud same-sex loving character?

“Of course!” director J.J. Abrams said (via The Daily Beast) Thursday at the annual "Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film" pre-Academy Awards event. “When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.”

Abrams, who is largely responsible for making The Force Awakens' diverse cast a priority, believes gay characters already exist in the Star Wars universe—even if they don't identify themselves as gay. “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility,” he said. “So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”

There is a fan theory floating around that speculates Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron could be gay, and even some fans are shipping Poe with Boyega’s Finn. Much of the Poe speculation stems from comments Isaac made during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this past December.

“I think it’s very subtle romance that’s happening,” Isaac teased. “You have to just look very closely, you have to watch it a few times to see the little hints, but there was. At least, I was playing romance. In the cockpit I was playing, there was a deep romance there.” Though he did add, “I won’t say with which character, but there was. … Could be a droid.”

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

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  1. I could definetly see Poe being gay and that would be fine but not Finn. To me it seemed like he had a thing for Rey in TFA.

  2. yaaay for more liberal entertainment stuffs

  3. Who gives a monkey's chuff? I no more care what the characters' sexualities are than I care if they're left or right handed, vegetarian or have a peanut allergy. Why is this relevant?

  4. Owl-of-the-Court said ... (original post)

    I could definetly see Poe being gay and that would be fine but not Finn. To me it seemed like he had a thing for Rey in TFA.

    Yeah, I think that's pretty obviously the direction they're sending it. I could see a fun character beat where Rey is torn between the two and the decision is kind of made for her when it's revealed Poe isn't into women, but I kin dof doubt they'd go quite that sitcom-y.

    • Platypus
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    Representation is extremely important to help people feel normal for being who they are. The fact that there will be a gay couple in a movie like Star Wars is HUGE! It's just as important for homosexuals as it is for black people to have a character like Finn or for women to have a character like Rey. I told an Asian friend there would be a korean lead actress in the next Star wars and the look on her face was priceless and full of joy. I, for one, am very happy to know that because I know how I felt when I discovered that Deadpool would be pansexual in the movie. I believe this news is more relevant than you might think :)

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