Another day and still more details about “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” are coming out as director J.J. Abrams and the film’s cast and crew discuss the movie.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Abrams says they went into the movie “very much in the mindset that this has to be conclusive” and so answers have to be given and that when you had finished the film “you felt like you had some more insight into all of them.”
As a result, many of the key side characters like ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and hotshot pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) will get their backstories fleshed out a bit more:
“[Finn’s history] is part of the story of this one. And it was alluded to in Episode VII, but there’s a bit more light shed on that in this one…I would say that each of the characters get more light shed on their histories. I’m not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods and every major step that got them to where they are. But there are a lot of questions about Finn’s past, about Poe’s past, obviously Rey and Kylo, and then some of the new characters we meet.”
One thing that past won’t include is some romantic business. Jokes, memes and stories have been made over the years about Finn and Poe becoming involved – their bromance turning into a full on romance – and both the actors were asked during recent press rounds about that possibility happening in this film. Issac and Boyega tell Variety it’s not happening and Isaac seems a bit disappointed by that:
Isaac: “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… But if they would’ve been boyfriends, that would have been fun.”
Boyega: “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.”
Abrams himself also commented on it, shooting down the possibility but does hint that LGBTQ representation could make its way into the film:
“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. 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… I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.”
Whether there’ll be an actual representation or just a pair of male aliens with a throwaway line about being married, it’s not clear at present but as countless comment boards and social media have shown – if people still lose their minds over Beauty and the Beast’s LeFou dancing with a man for a single second on screen or Star Trek’s Sulu briefly holding hands with his husband in a small scene, whatever it is will no doubt draw its own fiery discourse.
Another thing that will stir debate will be that the film will introduce new Force powers which Abrams is aware “will infuriate some people and thrill others” and that “showed aspects of the Force in ways that go beyond what you’ve seen before” he tells Vanity Fair. Abrams also shot down test screening rumors, saying the only screening the film has had was a ‘friends and family’ screening.
It has been revealed that the review embargo for the film will lift on Wednesday, December 18th at 3.01am US-EST/12.01am PST – that will be just a few hours before the first public screenings kick off at midnight in Australia on Thursday December 19th.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20th.