Star Wars 8 filming is currently on in full swing and though leaked script reports keep surfacing, information from the set are way too insufficient to predict the plot. However, according to GLAAD, a communications body that works to accurately represent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the media, Disney should add LGBT characters in the eighth edition of the highly popular space action franchise.
"As sci-fi projects have the special opportunity to create unique worlds whose advanced societies can serve as a commentary on our own, the most obvious place where Disney could include LGBT characters is in the upcoming eighth 'Star Wars' film," the organisation said in a report, according to Variety.
In the Force Awakens, Disney introduced three new characters: Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron. But fans found a spark between Finn and Poe. This has sparked rumours that there might be a gay story developing at the writer's desk of Disney's production unit.
The cast and crew of Star Wars, however, neither confirmed nor denied the rumour. Even TFA director JJ Abrams had previously hinted that the inclusion of new characters makes it possible to make the movie diverse in terms of sexuality.
"When I talk about inclusive it's not excluding gay characters, it's about inclusive so of course," he told People back in February. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) also teased fans about his character's sexuality. "They[fans] say to me: 'Could Luke be gay?' I'd say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves," he told The Sun in March.
"2015's 'The Force Awakens' has introduced a new and diverse central trio, which allows the creators opportunity to tell fresh stories as they develop their backstory. Recent official novels in the franchise featured lesbian and gay characters that could also be easily written into the stories," the GLAAD report added.
Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars Episode VIII, which is scheduled to premiere on 15 December 2017.