Star Wars: Oscar Isaac Says 'Disney Overlords Weren't Ready' for Finn/Poe Romance
This interview contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Now that we have official confirmation that Finn wasn't trying to tell Rey he loved her in the Rise of the Skywalker, we can turn our attention to the other unrequited love story in the Star Wars sequel trilogy – the (b)romance between Finn and Poe. (For the uninitiated: The 'ship is called "Stormpilot," and while its popularity hasn't reached the dizzying heights of "Reylo," the support for Finn and Poe to become more than friends in the new movies is undeniably out there.)IGN recently talked to Rise of Skywalker star Oscar Isaac about the relationship between hotshot Resistance pilot Poe Dameron and stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn, and Isaac spoke candidly about his interest in seeing a Poe and Finn romance become canon in the new films. Unfortunately, it sounds as if he also met with some… resistance from Disney. Watch the video interview with Isaac below:"I think there could’ve been a very interesting, forward-thinking – not even forward-thinking, just, like, current-thinking – love story there, something that hadn’t quite been explored yet; particularly the dynamic between these two men in war that could’ve fallen in love with each other," Isaac told IGN. "I would try to push it a bit in that direction, but the Disney overlords were not ready to do that."Instead, The Rise of Skywalker introduced Kerri Russell's character, Zorii Bliss, as a former cohort of Poe's from his days as a spice runner on Kijimi. While the two flirted throughout the film, Zorii rebuffed Poe's offer of a kiss (and his suggestive "how you doin'?" look during the Resistance's victory), and we last saw Poe embracing both Finn and Rey during the film's climax.This isn't the first time Isaac has hinted at a dynamic between his character and John Boyega's that could be read as more than platonic, teasing in an interview before the opening of The Force Awakens, "I think it’s very subtle romance that’s happening. You have to just look very closely – you have to watch it a few times to see the little hints, but there was. At least I was playing romance."
Boyega shared his opinions on the Finn/Poe relationship with Variety, noting, "They've always had a quite loving and open relationship in which it wouldn't be too weird if it went beyond it. But at the same time, they are just platonic at the moment."While it seems like Finn and Poe's potential relationship is destined to remain, as Boyega once allegedly told a reporter, "in Oscar's head," The Rise of Skywalker did feature the Star Wars franchise's first on-screen gay kiss (albeit one that has been met with criticism for being "pandering," featuring characters of "relative insignificance" in the franchise, and being brief and incidental enough to the plot that, "should any of the film’s international markets balk, can easily be removed").Several Star Wars books have also featured LGBT characters, including a prequel novel that seemed to imply Laura Dern's Amilyn Holdo was pansexual.For more on The Rise of Skywalker, read our biggest questions after seeing the film, the unexpected connection between The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian, our ending explainer for The Rise of Skywalker, and check out the gallery below for all the celebrity cameos in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jodie Comer.
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