J.J. Abrams Wants Gay Characters in Future Star Wars Movies

2 minute read

J.J. Abrams wants the Star Wars universe to represent the society we live in today.

Abrams said he’s open to the idea of a gay Star Wars character in the next films.

“When I talk about inclusivity its not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity so of course,” he told reporters at the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday. “To me the fun of Star Wars is exploring the possibilities, so it seems insanely narrow minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”

The director, 49, said he’s always been focused on inclusivity in the franchise and making the films “look the way the world looks” – even when it came to casting.

Abrams previously spoke about his decision to hire both a female and a person of color as the new leads in The Force Awakens.

“Writing this script with Larry Kasdan, I didn’t know what Rey was going to look like, I didn’t know what Finn or Poe would look like,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I just knew that this movie needed to look the way the world looks.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

More Must-Reads From TIME

Contact us at letters@time.com