The Episode VII director has encouraged inclusivity in new editions of the franchise
Director JJ Abrams has said he wants to see openly gay characters in future Star Wars movies.
Abrams, who was at the helm for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, cast a female protagonist and two non-white male leads in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and Oscar Isaac respectively.
Speaking to press at the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards, Abrams said: “When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity, so of course.”
“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,” he continued.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, a gay character has yet to appear in the franchise, although they have figured in tie-in books.
Abrams will not direct the next two Star Wars movies, with those duties falling to Rian Johnson for Epsiode VIII and Colin Trevorrow for Episode IX. Abrams will remained involved in the role of executive producer.