J.J.Abrams, the director of the box office smash hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has said he would “love it” if a gay character were to be introduced into the Star Wars universe.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, the director calls for more diversity, insisting:
“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.”
He continues, “We all need to do better to represent this world. It’s something that is important to me, and is something that we’re focusing on at (Abrams production company) Bad Robot.”
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including a female and black male lead (Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, respectively), its surely about time, in a universe populated by alien species from far away galaxies, that the film should be rich with diversity from all backgrounds and sexualities. The next instalment of the franchise, Episode VIII is scheduled for release in 2017.