Stormpilot isn’t happening, but J.J. Abrams hints there could still be LGBTQ representation in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The famously spoiler-phobic film director told Variety he’s always striving to make a Star Wars universe 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,” he said.
When pushed to elaborate, Abrams declined.
“I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie,” Abrams said. “But I did just say what I just said.”
But other things said in press junkets by Abrams and others seem to quash one fan-shipping dream. Actor Oscar Isaac said it looks like the new trilogy will confirm without ever exploring a romantic connection between his character, rebel pilot Poe Dameron, and with reformed stormtrooper Finn, played by John Boyega.
“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,” Isaac said. “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.”
Abrams also said filmmakers wanted to explore the Finn-Poe relationship on a platonic level.
“That relationship to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one,” Abrams said. “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.”
In another words, the force is not with #FinnPoe fans.
Isaac isn't the only one disappointed. And notably, both he and Boyega have shown an openness to a more intimate connection between the characters.
After Dameron debuted in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Isaac famously suggested on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that Dameron was part of the intergalactic LGBTQ community and crushing on Finn. Boyega seemed to quash that rumor, calling any romance something in Isaac’s head. But Boyega seemed to change his tune in a later interview with blogger Perez Hilton.
With the allegedly final film in the epic franchise about to premiere, hunger for Finn to find his way into Dameron’s hunky Resistance arms has only grown. Alas, the lust may only be fulfilled in slash fiction.
But when Skywalker hits screens December 20, perhaps the visibility teased by Abrams will finally reveal itself.