LGBT ‘Star Wars’ Characters Are Happening

Alex Pompliano
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J.J. Abrams is on a roll. The director recently did the impossible by rejuvenating the Star Wars franchise with 2015’s The Force Awakens, while also introducing the films' first female Jedi and black lead. And now Abrams has hinted that the Star Wars universe is about to become more LGBT-friendly.

The Daily Beast reports that Abrams expects future Star Wars films to feature characters who identify as LGBT. On Thursday, Abrams hosted the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards, where he said the Star Wars universe couldn’t possibly exist without a gay populace—even if one hasn’t been brought to light yet.

“To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility,” Abrams said. “So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”


While the 49-year-old director was careful not to confirm anything, he did ensure that some kind of Star Wars diversity is coming.

“It’s in private meetings, it’s in private phone calls, it’s in interviews,” Abrams said. “I know that this will happen. I know it will. Not just on camera, but behind the camera.”

Could there be more to Poe and Finn’s bromance in The Force Awakens than meets the eye? Guess we’ll have to wait until Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII arrives in December 2017 to find out.


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