J.J. Abrams has taken over as director of the upcoming “Star Wars” movie, and some are wondering if he plans to move ahead with his call to include gay characters in the franchise.
Last year, Abrams told The Daily Beast: “When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course. I would love it. 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.”
And the Beast is giddy with the possibility, penning an article titled: “Will J.J. Abrams Keep His Promise to Add Gay Characters to ‘Star Wars?’ The blockbuster filmmaker was just installed to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’ Now it’s time to follow through on his word.”
It’d be great to see not only a woman, POC or an LGBTQ director join Lucasfilm, but until then, we have to rely on Abrams to keep his promise. Kennedy and Boyega have teased a romance for Finn and Poe, and Abrams has said that there will be an LGBTQ character in the universe at some point. If not those two in Episode IX, the sky is the limit. It’s sci-fi and Kennedy and Abrams are crafting this universe themselves, calling all the shots. There’s no studio head above them to keep gay characters out of Star Wars, it’s just a matter of whether or not they want to make the effort.
So if your idea of inclusivity means not excluding gay characters like you said J.J., I’m looking forward to Star Wars: Episode IX debuting a gay couple that will rival the Babadook and Pennywise.
So even Star Wars is not immune to the non-stop political correctness in Hollywood.