Upon the release of mega-hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fan theories regarding what will happen next to all the main characters reached the internet at pretty much light speed. One in particular that gained a little bit of traction focused on a potential relationship for Stormtrooper-turned-good-guy Finn (John Boyega). But his romantic foil in this theory isn’t Jedi-in-training Rey, it’s pilot Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac.
On the heels of that potential twist, director J.J. Abrams said this week that there would indeed be at least one openly gay character in upcoming installments of the Star Wars franchise.
At a pre-Oscars event that took place at the headquarters of his Bad Robot production company, Abrams noted that to him, “the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility.” With the franchise now featuring its first black leading character in Boyega’s Finn and another female lead following Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia in Daisy Ridley’s Rey, “it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
The latest novel to take place within the Star Wars universe, Aftermath, features a gay leading character. Perhaps that will pave the way for another to appear in future Star Wars films, the next of which, Episode 8, hits theaters on Dec. 17, 2017.
If we’re to believe Abrams, it’s only a matter of time.