J.J. Abrams, the director behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has told The Daily Beast that there will indeed be openly gay characters zapping through the galaxy far, far away — in relatively near franchise installments.
Making the rounds at a pre-Oscars event at his Bad Robot HB in L.A., Abrams said it’s time that the Star Wars universe becomes more inclusive, referencing the LGBTQ community, and thankfully making no mention of Jar-Jar Binks:
“To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility,” he said. “So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
That universe has recently introduced a handful of openly gay characters, albeit in a novel offshoot: Author Chuck Wendig had to defend his creative choice to make the lead character in Aftermath a gay man.
The eighth installment of the franchise will be hitting screens on Dec. 15, 2017.
H/t: LGBTQ Nation