Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Striking a lightsaber into the hearts of “Star Wars” fans, it appears that a romance between Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) will not materialize in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
But that does not necessarily mean there won't be any LGBTQ representation in the final film in the Skywalker saga, either.
The “Star Wars” fan community latched onto the notion of a romantic connection between Finn and Poe almost immediately after the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, 'shipping the characters with hashtags like “FinnPoe” and “Stormpilot.”
Speaking with Variety at the “Rise of Skywalker” press junket on Tuesday, however, Isaac expressed regret that the “natural chemistry” between Poe and Finn in “The Force Awakens” was not explored in an overtly romantic way in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — and wouldn't be in “The Rise of Skywalker.”
“Personally, I kind of hoped and wished that maybe that would've been taken further in the other films, but I don't have control,” Isaac said. “It seemed like a natural progression, but sadly enough it's a time when people are too afraid, I think, of…I don't know what.”
Isaac noted … — Adam B. Vary/@Variety