Shortly after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there was a lot of excitement in some quarters over whether the bromance between Poe Dameron and Finn was actually a romance, and whether they might be the franchise’s first on-screen gay couple. While the movie only offered ambiguous evidence for this, Oscar Isaac was keen to say that he was playing romance, while John Boyega suggested it was all in his co-star’s head.
However, now the movie’s director, JJ Abrams, has stepped forward to say he’d be surprised if LGBT characters don’t show up in the film series soon. At a pre-Oscars events at his Bad Robot Productions offices, he said “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
However, it’s not really whether there are gay characters in the world, it’s whether Disney will allow them to be included in the movies, and even if they do, whether it’s properly acknowledged. With the studio’s plan to alternate between films that tell the main overall story arc and self-contained movies about other parts of the Star Wars universe, it certainly gives them plenty of opportunity to bring in LGBT characters.