The next installment in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, blasts into theaters on December 15. It’s been two long years since fans met Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in The Force Awakens. Even though the seemed to be just friends onscreen, fans were hoping that Finn and Poe’s onscreen chemistry would lead to the series’ first gay romance.
Could they be an item when Star Wars returns in December?
“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,” Boyega told Metro when asked if he thought Star Wars could include an LGBT relationship. “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.”
Boyega also comments on whether he thinks Finn and Poe will ever get together, but he insists that is up to Poe:
“I think that Oscar is always looking at me with love in his eyes, and I guess that the fans saw it. And then they realized that either he needs to chill or come out.”
Boyega isn’t the only one associated with the films who thinks that Poe and Finn have the potential to become an item. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was asked about Finn and Poe at this summer’s Star Wars Celebration Orlando, and she revealed that in the coming months there would be meetings about the stories the Star Wars team would develop next, after Episode IX.
“After 40 years of adventures people have a lot of information and a lot of theories about the way these stories can [go], and sometimes those theories that come up are new ideas for us to listen to, read and pay attention to. [It’s] clear that the fans are as much masters of this franchise as we are,” she remarked.
You hear that, fans? Keep shipping Finn and Poe because your passion might just be enough to make them a reality in a future movie.
At a pre-Oscars event in 2016, The Force Awakens and Episode IX director J.J. Abrams said he wants the Star Wars universe to be more inclusive.
“To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility,” Abrams said, according to The Daily Beast.
“So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”