It’s a question on the lips of many a Star Wars fan: Is Poe gay? And is Finn his soulmate?
“I think that Oscar is always looking at me with love in his eyes, and I guess that the fans saw it,” Boyega said. “And then they realized that either he needs to chill or come out.”
Unfortunately, we’ve got official word that Poe won’t make his move in The Last Jedi. Kathleen Kennedy, chief of Lucasfilm, had this to say:
We’ve talked about [including a Finn/Poe romance], but I think you’re not going to see it in The Last Jedi. After 40 years of adventures, people have a lot of information and a lot of theories about the path these stories can take, and sometimes those theories that come up are new ideas for us to listen to, read and pay attention to.
But even though it won’t be The Last Jedi, out gay characters will be coming soon. (After all, as “Weird Al” Yankovic once sang, they’ll be making these movies ’til the end of time.)
Not only has Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe, refused to say who Poe’s love interest would be, director JJ Abrams has confirmed there will be gay 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,” Abrams said. “When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity.”
Of course, Star Wars ships weren’t the main thing Metro talked to Boyega about. Their interview is mostly about the increased diversity of the new Star Wars films. When Metro asked Boyega about whether there’s a responsibility to be more inclusive, here’s what he had to say:
There definitely is that responsibility, but more the responsibility to hire those from those experiences to share their creative light, that’s the pivotal thing. Because if you just hire the same sort of people you’re just getting the same sort of film. It’s not wrong, but then there’s a lack of variety. I think Pacific Rim handles that in a very unique way.