Newswire: J.J. Abrams says gay Star Wars characters are coming

In an optimistic discussion with the press—albeit one that blows right past the mountains of “Finn + Poe = LOVE” posters hanging up in the halls of The A.V. Club’s offices—J.J. Abrams has said he expects future Star Wars films to feature more inclusivity—including characters who identify as LGBT.

Abrams made the statements at the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards, which honors Irish and Irish-related talent (including Abrams’ leading lady, Daisy Ridley), and which was held at the director’s Bad Robot HQ this weekend. When Abrams was asked at the event whether his recent comments about the need for diversity in Hollywood included representation for gay characters, he responded by saying, “When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.

He then went on to add, “To me, the fun of Star Wars is …

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