'It's about inclusivity,' the filmmaker says
After six Star Wars films featuring mostly white male leads, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams gave moviegoers a female protagonist in Daisy Ridley and two costars of color in John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Now the filmmaker has said he welcomes more diversity in the space-fantasy franchise, including gay characters.
“When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity, so of course,” Abrams told press at the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday, People reports. “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.”
Abrams previously told EW that during the development of The Force Awakens, he “just knew that this movie needed to look the way the world looks.”
Although a gay character has yet to be depicted on screen in Star Wars, such characters have appeared in recent tie-in books, including the Imperial defector Sinjir Rath Velus in Star Wars: Aftermath and Moff Delian Mors in Lords of the Sith.
Abrams has relinquished directing duties for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX, which will be helmed by Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow, respectively, but he remains involved with the franchise as an executive producer.