Fans have been wanting Oscar Isaac’s character in Star Wars, Poe Dameron, to be queer since The Force Awakens was first released two years ago.
More specifically, they want Poe to be queer and also in a relationship with John Boyega’s Finn.
While nothing has ever been confirmed or denied, Isaac is open to it. More than, it seems, actually.
In an interview with Collider, Isaac talks about Poe potentially being LGBT and what it means to him as an actor.
‘What it means to me is that people can see themselves in a hero like this, in a movie like this, which I love,’ he said. ‘Not only LGBT, but Latinos. There’s representation out there.’
Isaac was born in Guatemala to Guatemalan and Cuban parents.
Then he gets into what fans really care about.
‘As to actually seeing how that manifests itself in Poe in this film, that isn’t necessarily going to be a clear story point. But as an actor, I’m very open to those storylines.’
This isn’t surprising. Kathleen Kennedy already quashed the idea that Poe and Finn would have a romance in The Last Jedi. However, both Kennedy and The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams (who’s directing the ninth movie now too) have spoken about being open to queer characters in Star Wars.
One we will see in The Last Jedi, though, is Laura Dern’s Amilyn Holdo.
She was confirmed to be bisexual or pansexual in a recent Star Wars novel, which Isaac and Dern discuss here as well.
Isaac also talks about how Poe sees General Leia (Carrie Fisher) as a maternal figure.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out on 15 December.