J.J. Abrams teases LGTBQ representation in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

New York Daily News 1 week ago

J.J. Abrams’ latest “Star Wars” offering may have finally adapted to modern times.

During an interview promoting the upcoming film, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on Tuesday, the filmmaker teased that there will be LGBT+ representation.

While some fans have hoped for a gay romance between Finn and Poe (played by John Boyega and Oscar Isaac) , nothing has quite materialized as of yet.

But Abrams, who said that he’s always tried to find a cast that “looked more the way the world looks than not,” isn’t ruling out the possibilities.

“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,” he said.

Regarding the relationship dynamic explored between the characters, Abrams told Variety that “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.”

When probed further about the possibility of an LGBTQ character showing up in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the intensely guarded auteur gave a titillating response: “I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” arrives in theaters Dec. 20.

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