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JJ Abrams says gay characters are coming to Star Wars

on February 27, 2016, 4:05pm

Hollywood’s inclusiveness (or lack thereof) has been a hot button topic in recent months, and it’ll no doubt be majorly addressed tomorrow when Chris Rock hosts the Academy Awards to an audience of all white nominees. Unlike the Oscars, the new trilogy of Star Wars films is quite progressive with a diverse cast that includes female and black leads. And according to director JJ Abrams, that’s just the beginning.

During the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday, Abrams was asked whether future Star Wars films would feature gay characters (via The Daily Beast). “Of course!” Abrams responded. “When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.”

He continued, “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.”