With the “Star Wars” universe rapidly expanding over the next-few years, the director of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is hoping that the franchise will be more inclusive of all lifestyles, genders and ethnicities.
The Star Wars saga expanded on a few of those topics with J.J. Abrams’ latest winter blockbuster, adding Daisy Ridley as the newest force-wielder and John Boyega as the first black Storm Trooper. Recently Abrams spoke out about the exclusion of gay characters in the film-franchise, calling the practice “insanely narrow-minded.”
“When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity, so of course,” Abrams mentioned to the press at the recent US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards. That event was held this past Thursday. People reported that Abrams stated, “To me the fun of Star Wars is exploring the possibilities, so it seems insanely narrow-minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
While adding gay characters to the cinematic universe of “Star Wars” would be new, it’s not uncommon for the books to include them. Both Imperial defector Sinjir Rath Velus in Star Wars: Aftermath and Moff Delian Mors in Lords of the Sith were gay characters in their respective novels.
Rian Johnson is set to direct the next installment, currently titled “Episode VIII,” while Colin Trevorrow will take on directing duties for “Episode IX”.