J. J. Abrams reckons it’s time for Star Wars to get some LGBT characters


Jenny Noyes

In the year of #OscarsSoWhite, J. J. Abrams has done a little bit for diversifying the shamefully homogenous Star Wars enterprise, casting John Boyega as its first black storm trooper and leading man in The Force Awakens, alongside Daisy Ridley as Rey, its first female Jedi. 

Yet despite the series’ futuristic setting in a universe filled with all sorts of aliens and planets, its creators so far have been unable to imagine characters whose sexualities lie outside humanity’s cisgender, heterosexual norm.

And that’s something The Force Awakens director is hoping – and expecting – to see change.

“To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility,” Abrams said while hosting the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards. “It seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”

Damn straight.

Of course, anyone who spends any time on Tumblr will probably be aware that there is a large cohort of of Star Wars fans who are pretty sure the future LGB characters of Star Wars have already been introduced.



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