Director JJ Abrams Dives into Finn and Poe’s Unique Bond and LGBTQ Representation in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘. With the global premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker done and over, fans now want answers to the nature of the charismatic relationship between two of the stars, and it’s not Rey and Kylo Ren.
Many fans have been wondering about the relationship potential between First Order Defector, Finn, and Resistance Pilot, Poe Dameron, since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, were the two become fast friends and begin their crazy journey together. Sorry to disappoint any fans who hoped to see these two begin a budding romance, but Director J.J. Abrams has already announced the two will not showcase a romantic relationship in the film.
“That relationship [Finn and Poe] to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one,” Abrams told Variety in a recent interview. “It is a deep bond that these two have, not just because of the trial by fire in which they met, but also because of their willingness to be as intimate as they are, as afraid as they, as unsure as they are, and still be bold, and still be daring and brave.”
“And in the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film,” Abrams said. Variety continued by asking, “Does that mean there will be a queer character in “The Rise of Skywalker”?”
Abrams smiled and replied. “I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie, but I did just say what I just said.”
Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) shared his thoughts with Variety during the press junket and was completely onboard with the idea, though explained, it’s not really in his power to make those decisions.
“Personally, I kind of hoped and wished that maybe that would’ve been taken further in the other films, but I don’t have control,” Isaac said. “It seemed like a natural progression, but sadly enough it’s a time when people are too afraid, I think, of… I don’t know what.” According to Variety, “Isaac noted that the “ambiguity” of the characters’ relationship might allow more people to see themselves in the characters. “But if they would’ve been boyfriends, that would have been fun.”
John Boyega also shared his thoughts, but was less inclined to advocate an established romance between the pair, but did say it wouldn’t be out of place in the story had they decided to add it in.
“They’ve always had a quite loving and open relationship in which it wouldn’t be too weird if it went beyond it,” Boyega said. “But at the same time, they are just platonic at the moment.”
Likely this decision was also made because there were many threads and stories that already needed to find a close in this final installment of the Skywalker Saga (Star Wars: Episode I-Episode IX), and it would have felt forced or out of place. J.J. is known to be more deliberate with his work nowadays and wouldn’t want to leave fans guessing after the films conclusion about the characters futures. Leaving a message of “Hope” at the end of this tale, rather than have more questions left unanswered. Despite the choice to not explore a romantic relationship between Poe and Finn, The Rise of Skywalker has been wowing the cast, crew, and critics who have been lucky enough to see the film before the public premiere, and we can’t wait to see what is in store.
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