The director of Star Wars, JJ Abrams, says he can see a future for a gay character in the Star Wars franchise.
Speaking at his Bad Robot HQ, where he hosted the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, where The Force Awakens is nominated in five categories, Abrams made it clear that gay Star War characters are on the horizon.
“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course,” the director said.
As he put it, the franchise is pursuing diversity in its casting and characters
“To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
While this might sound like a big step, it’s not that far removed from the enormously successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had its first female Jedi and a black lead.
And that had no effect on the box office. In fact, quite the reverse. At one stage, the film was the highest grossing movie in box office history.