Before The Force Awakens, the Star Wars universe was about as straight, and as male, as your average list of American presidents (not counting Buchanan), but J.J. Abrams wants that to change. “When I talk about inclusivity its not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity so of course,” Abrams said at the U.S.-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday when asked if the franchise might include a gay character in the future. “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” (Just one, J.J.? Wouldn’t they be lonely?). Abrams has already diversified the Star Wars universe significantly with the addition of female and black leads in The Force Awakens, but he has stepped aside to make way for Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow to direct future installments (Abrams remains an executive producer, though who knows if he can queer the universe from afar). Recent tie-in novels have done some of the work already by featuring gay leads. Plus, if some fans have any say in the backstory of Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, we may have a gay Star Wars hero already. To quote the wrong space franchise, make it so.
Will J.J. Abrams accept shipping requests? Photo: Lucasfilm