AceShowbiz - J.J. Abrams is making sure that his upcoming film "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is representing the world the way it is today. Speaking to Variety, the filmmaker hints at the representation of LGBTQ community in the highly-anticipated movie.
The movie's director says he's always strived to find a cast for "Star Wars" that "looked more the way the world looks than not." He adds, "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."
Pressed about this means there would be a queer character in "Rise of Skywalker", Abrams refuses to give a straight answer, though he can't deny that he's already given away the answer to the question. "I will say I'm giving away nothing about what happens in the movie," he replies with a smile. "But I did just say what I just said."
Unfortunately for those who have been shipping Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega), Abrams and the actors have made it clear that those characters won't be depicted as gay lovers in "Rise of Skywalker".
"That relationship to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one," Abrams says of Finn and Poe. "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."
Isaac also expresses his regret that the "natural chemistry" between Poe and Finn in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was not explored in an overtly romantic way in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and won't be in "Rise of Skywalker". "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 says. "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." He adds, "But if they would've been boyfriends, that would have been fun."
Boyega additionally confirms that despite their apparent chemistry, Finn's relationship with Poe is still platonic. "They've always had a quite loving and open relationship in which it wouldn't be too weird if it went beyond it. But at the same time, they are just platonic at the moment," he stresses.
In the third and final installment of the Skywalker saga, Isaac and Boyega are joined the in cast by Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Keri Russell as Zorii Bliss among other actors.
The movie is set to open in U.S. theaters on December 20.