Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and director JJ Abrams threw cold water on hopes that the relationship between characters Finn and Poe would blossom into a romantic relationship in The Rise of Skywalker.
Said Isaac to Variety: “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. 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. … If they would’ve been boyfriends, that would have been fun.”
Said Boyega: “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.”
Director JJ Abrams called the Finn-Poe relationship “a far deeper one than a romantic one” but told fans to look for LGBTQ representation elsewhere: “And 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. I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.”