Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams hinted the movie will have LGBTQ representation.
At the press junket for the film on Tuesday, Abrams stated that he wanted the cast of Star Wars to look “more the way the world looks than not.”
He then added, “And in the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film.”
Variety then asked Abrams if there will be a queer character in the film.
Abrams responded, “I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.”
If there does happen to be a queer character it most likely will not be Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron or John Boyega’s Finn.
Abrams described the relationship between the two characters, “That relationship to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one.”
“It is a deep bond that these two have, not just because of the trial by fire in which they met, but also because of their willingness to be as intimate as they are, as afraid as they, as unsure as they are, and still be bold, and still be daring and brave.”
John Boyega also described the relationship between Poe and Finn as “platonic.”
“They’ve always had a quite loving and open relationship in which it wouldn’t be too weird if it went beyond it. But at the same time, they are just platonic at the moment.”
While their relationship will appear to remain platonic in The Rise of Skywalker, Oscar Isaac had hopes that it would’ve turned into a gay romance.
“Personally, I kind of hoped and wished that maybe that would’ve been taken further in the other films, but I don’t have control.”
“It seemed like a natural progression, but sadly enough it’s a time when people are too afraid, I think, of… I don’t know what.”
Isaac then stated, “But if they would’ve been boyfriends, that would have been fun.”