“Star Wars” looks set to continue increasing in diversity with J.J. Abrams, speaking earlier this week at the Oscar Wilde awards at Bad Robot Productions, saying that an LGBT characters will one day show up on screen in a galaxy far, far away.
Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” centered around a black male and white female lead, and he says (via The Daily Beast) plans for inclusivity also extend to characters of different sexual orientations and gender definitions:
“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course. To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
The franchise has already offered the first LGBT character that is part of the official canon in the form of Moff Mors, a lesbian Imperial leader in Paul Kemp’s “Lords of the Sith” novel. However, a tie-in novel is still a long way from a visible on screen role.
Various fans have been “shipping” John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, though Boyega’s character in canon has indicated a potential interest in Rey. Poe’s sexuality was not touched upon in ‘Force’.