Director J.J. Abrams admits, “it seems insanely narrow-minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke new ground for inclusivity in a galaxy far, far away. For the first time in the Star Wars franchise, the seventh film lauded an empowered female protagonist with Daisy Ridley as Rey. The Star Wars universe also welcomed to leading men of color in the divine John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.
And the results of a more diverse cast? Record-smashing, box office history. J.J. Abrams directed The Force Awakens and he recently addressed the burgeoning diversity. “When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity, so of course,” Abrams is quoted in People magazine. “To me the fun of Star Wars is exploring the possibilities, so it seems insanely narrow-minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.” While Abrams is handing over the director reigns of future installments, he will remain creatively involved as an Executive Producer.
Abrams has always been committed to diversity in his film and TV projects. Remember the refreshingly multicultural casts of projects like TV’s Lost and the new Star Trek films? Abrams applied the same inclusive approach to creating The Force Awakens. “Writing this script with Larry Kasdan, I didn’t know what Rey was going to look like, I didn’t know what Finn or Poe would look like,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I just knew that this movie needed to look the way the world looks.”
While an LGBTQI character is still forthcoming in the Star Wars films, there have been out characters in tie-in books, EW reports. Gay characters such as “the Imperial defector Sinjir Rath Velus in Star Wars: Aftermath and Moff Delian Mors in Lords of the Sith” are part of the Star Wars canon.
We can only hope the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX, directed by Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow, will feature some LGBTQI Jedis.