J.J. Abrams latest installment in the massive Star Wars franchise gave the movie universe some of its best media representation yet. Not only did Star Wars: The Force Awakens feature a female lead in Daisy Ridley’s Rey, but two characters of color in John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe.
Now Abrams is looking to jump another representation hurdle in future Star Wars films through the inclusion of gay characters.
Back in November, Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that he “just knew that this movie needed to look the way the world looks.”
While speaking this past Thursday with press at the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards, Abrams revealed his desire to expand how “the world looks” even more, People reports.
“When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity,” Abrams said. “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.”
Abrams will not be directing the upcoming installments, Episode VIII and Episode IX, but will remain attached to the franchise as an executive producer. So seeing those LGBTQ characters remains a very real possibility for the movie series future of representation.