'Star Wars' Director Says Film has LGBTQ Representation but Denies Characters' Gay Relationship

Wednesday December 4, 2019

J.J. Abrams, who is the director of "Stars: The Rise of Skywalker" — the last film in the Skywalker story, says that there will be LGBTQ representation in the movie but shut down a fan theory that characters Poe (Oscar Issac) and Finn (John Boyega) are in a same-sex relationship.

"That relationship to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one," Abrams told Variety. "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."

He went on to say that he wanted a "Star Wars" cast that "looked more the way the world looks than not."

"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," Abrams said.

When asked if there will be a queer character in "The Rise of Skywalker," the filmmaker told Variety: "I will say I'm giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said."

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