Poe Dameron actor Oscar Isaac says that despite his own openness to such a plot development, his character won’t develop a romantic connection with John Boyega’s Finn in Star Wars: 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 told Variety. “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 doesn’t specify who the “people” are he’s referring to.
Boyega himself is also open to a Finn/Poe romance (Poe-mance?), but also confirms that they’re just pals in the film.
“They’ve always had a quite loving and open relationship in which it wouldn’t be too weird if it went beyond it,” Boyega said. “But at the same time, they are just platonic at the moment.”
Rise of Skywalker co-writer/director J.J. Abrams also addressed the relationship directly, saying it was important to him to depict a platonic relationship between Finn and Poe that was still close.
“That relationship to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one,” Abrams explained. “It is a deep bond that these two have, not just because of the trial by fire in which they met, but also because of their willingness to be as intimate as they are, as afraid as they, as unsure as they are, and still be bold, and still be daring and brave.”
Abrams also addressed the lack of LGBTQ representation in the big screen Star Wars saga, saying it was on his mind when creating The Rise of Skywalker – but stopping short of confirming the inclusion of a queer character in the film.
“In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film,” he said coyly. “I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is due out in theaters December 20.