Star Wars director J.J. Abrams says he is open to the idea of introducing gay characters in one of the franchise’s upcoming films.

Having already introduced Star Wars’ first female Jedi and black lead actor, Abrams told the Daily Beast that there’s no reason why the films couldn’t feature gay characters.

“I would love it,” Abrams said. “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.”

Rumours about a Star Wars same-sex romance were already flourishing after the release of the latest instalment The Force Awakens, when fans questioned the close relationship between stormtrooper Fin and roguish pilot Poe.

But it was Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe, who likely launched a brand new wave of Star Wars rumours by telling Ellen Degeneres: “I think it’s very subtle romance [between Poe and Finn] that’s happening. You know, you have to just look very close – you have to watch it a few times to see the little hints. But there was.”

The next Star Wars film, Episode VIII is scheduled to be released in December 2017.

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