J.J. Abrams Says Gay Characters Will Feature In STAR WARS

J.J. Abrams Says Gay Characters Will Feature In STAR WARS

Those hilarious Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) memes don't seem so far fetched now. Director J.J. Abrams says the new Star Wars universe will feature out-and-proud gay characters.

At a pre-Oscars event, The Daily Beast caught up with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and asked a number of Star Wars related questions.  Though Episode VIII will be directed by Rian Johnson and Episode IX by Collin Colin Trevorrow, Abrams will remain an executive producer and was a key member in charting out the direction the new trilogy is heading.  While The Force Awakens has been universally praised for its diversity and female empowerment, the gay and lesbian community doesn't exactly have a clear representative in the Star Wars universe. In fact, with the Expanded universe being nixed by Disney, the new Star Wars universe introduced its first openly gay character in Paul S. Kemp's "Star Wars; Lords of the Sith".   When asked whether the new Star Wars filsm would have more openly gay characters, Abrams stated--

"Of course!  When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.  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. "

Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently scheduled for release in the US on 12.15.2017.

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Filed Under "Star Wars" 2/27/2016 Source: The Daily Beast
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knocturnalzen10 - 2/27/2016, 7:50 AM
now it's ah party
HurricaneXavier - 2/27/2016, 7:51 AM
This is gonna make Jollem pretty happy.
spideymania26 - 2/27/2016, 11:27 AM
@HurricaneXavier - lol
UrbanTheEmcee - 2/27/2016, 7:52 AM
CP3-OHHHH ;)
DioFoRio - 2/27/2016, 8:52 AM
@UrbanTheEmcee - He's been gay for YEARS.
Buckster10 - 2/27/2016, 11:38 AM
@UrbanTheEmcee - Now his relationship with R2 makes complete sense (although now I really don't want to know how he lost the arm). And wow this PC stuff is really getting out of hand. I don't mind a gay character, but everything feels so forced now, like having a white male hero is wrong or bad (it works both ways you know) now (it's gotten retarded -- yeah I said retarded P.C police!). Not to get political but my mother worked her ass off to support three boys. There was no privilege here! Maybe J.J grew up with a spoon in his mouth or something (whew, sorry I had to vent, I'm good now).
Next we find out that Greedo was transgender but identified as Wookie
Dunejedi - 2/27/2016, 3:05 PM
@Buckster10 - No, man. You really are not "good now". You've still got a bit of growing up to do.
Buckster10 - 2/27/2016, 9:09 PM
@Dunejedi - Run, it's the PC police!
Kratos6 - 2/29/2016, 8:03 AM
@Buckster10 - Keep voicing your opinions. Don't shut up because someone says you have "growing up to do." Those are the same people that preach tolerance but when someone else has a different opinion they are quick with backlash. I agree with you and some of it does feel forced. It's like every show on tv has to have it's token gay character or someone gets butt hurt. Just like it was back in the 70's and 80's every show almost had to have it's token black character or someone got butt hurt. I don't understand why we can't have tv shows or movies with or without gays, whites, blacks, transgendered, and just have shows that are fun to enjoy. It's like if some type of group isn't represented then all hell will break loose.
Buckster10 - 2/29/2016, 10:20 AM
@Kratos6 - You hit the nil on the head my friend! The late great MLK Jr wanted a world that was color blind, not one where EVERTHING is about color or gender. Next time someone questions me on that I'm going to micro-aggression them so hard thy will retreat to their safe zone, lol
Buckster10 - 2/29/2016, 10:27 AM
@Buckster10 - Meant to say Nail on the head and they, but you get the point. And you are right, the people that try and ram tolerance down your gullet are the first to tell you to shut up when you voice your opinion. And I agree with one poster who said that, for the most part, Asians are under represented in films, yet they don't even complain about it. They don't see themselves as victims but understand that there just aren't many American movies that, thus far, have had roles for Asian characters (which, one could argue, should change). That said, this PC nonsense has really gotten out of hand.
Sephiroth - 2/27/2016, 7:53 AM
Ok...
MrPositive - 2/27/2016, 7:53 AM
Shanksman - 2/27/2016, 10:19 AM
@MrPositive - Best spoof ever. Literally laughed non stop for almost half an hour when watching this
Baf - 2/27/2016, 10:54 AM
@Shanksman - and people say SNL is no good anymore
Buckster10 - 2/27/2016, 11:39 AM
@Shanksman - It was the first time in a long time SNL was funny again
Rulk - 2/27/2016, 7:53 AM
Hey I'm down with it. At least it wouldn’t be remaking A New Hope!

InfiniteMonkey - 2/27/2016, 8:18 AM
@Rulk - F*ck I hope he doesn't use a light-saber from behind...
GustosSon - 2/27/2016, 5:20 PM
@Rulk - these troopers need to practice safe blaster placement, especially when he's about to blow his partners head
..................................Off
PietroJaximoff - 2/27/2016, 7:54 AM
Really glad to hear this.
Obi2 - 2/27/2016, 7:54 AM
Why does everything have to have gay characters in them?
PietroJaximoff - 2/27/2016, 7:55 AM
@Obi2 - Inclusion, like Abrams said.
REPOMAN - 2/27/2016, 8:03 AM
@Obi2 -

Because everything includes straight characters.

Jaspion - 2/27/2016, 8:29 AM
@Obi2 - Because gay people also exist, so why not represent them in movies? And preferably not as a stereotype
RandalCabbage - 2/27/2016, 8:36 AM
@Jaspion - asian people exist, but we dont see them in starwars..

inclusion "just cause"...
Shasvre - 2/27/2016, 8:42 AM
@RandalCabbage -
RandalCabbage - 2/27/2016, 8:48 AM
@Shasvre -
Jaspion - 2/27/2016, 9:09 AM
@RandalCabbage - thanks @Shasvre, we did saw asian people in Star Wars.
Also, I think they should include all ethnicities, but representing gay people you're representing gays from all ethnicities. It's a bigger range.
shaddowkhan - 2/27/2016, 9:10 AM
@Shasvre - What a waste those guys were.
RandalCabbage - 2/27/2016, 9:13 AM
@shaddowkhan - those are the guys from "the raid"
Shanksman - 2/27/2016, 10:21 AM
@Shasvre - Funny how they don't even have more than two line or 1 minute screentime lol.
shaddowkhan - 2/27/2016, 11:21 AM
@RandalCabbage - I know, that was why they were wasted, coulda got some cool martial arts action.
GamerKT - 2/27/2016, 3:37 PM
@shaddowkhan - Tell that to Kanjiklub.
shaddowkhan - 2/27/2016, 7:07 PM
@GamerKT - What did the kanjis do that was so badass?
ComicsBornAndBred - 2/27/2016, 7:54 AM
Mostly likely gonna be lesbians I think. At least at first.
Shanksman - 2/27/2016, 10:29 AM
@ComicsBornAndBred - What if either one of Finn and Poe become transwoman and end up with Rey? Wait, does that even count as lesbian?
micvalpro - 2/27/2016, 7:55 AM
Ahhhhh makes sense now. The original Star Wars had us thinking Luke and Leila would hook up only to find out they're related. Seems they made us think Flynn and Rey would hook up only to show us that Flynn and Poe will be the ones to hook up.
marvelstudios - 2/27/2016, 7:58 AM
@micvalpro - I hope not!
RavenTheHunter - 2/27/2016, 9:39 AM
@micvalpro - Is it so hard to realize his name's Finn?
gac - 2/27/2016, 7:57 AM
I get and agree with the inclusive attitude but why does sex and sexuality have to come into play? This is Star Wars. A completely far fetched, over the top sci-fi movie. They may as well include the transgendered, the celebrate etc. My point is that sexuality (hetero or otherwise) doesn't need to be part of a far fetched sci fi movie.
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