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Disney, give Oscar Isaac the FinnPoe Star Wars love story he deserves
Oscar Isaac is fresh out of f*cks to give.
Let's back up. Currently, the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast is making the rounds promoting the final film in the sequel trilogy. J.J. Abrams is back at the helm, with Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Adam Driver all returning to wrap the closing chapter on this story that's been decades in the making.
It's a huge undertaking. The stakes could not be higher. And the pressure is on to give each character a satisfying ending, one that feels earned and hopeful and will set up future Star Wars projects, either on the big screen or on Disney+.
But Oscar Isaac doesn't care about any of that.
He's fulfilled his contract, he's cashed his check, and he's ready to throw down for a subset of the Star Wars fandom that's been unjustly ignored, nay, maliciously wronged.
That's right, we're talking about the spaceship yet to sail: FinnPoe.
FinnPoe, or Stormpilot, is the intimate bromance that's been building since Abrams threw Poe Dameron (Isaac) and former Startrooper Finn (Boyega) into an escape pod together and had them outrunning the First Order. In recent interviews related to TRoS, the two actors have shared more about the natural and instant chemistry they shared during rehearsals of that first film, and it showed on-screen. Finn was heartbroken when he believed Poe was dead after their ship crashed. Poe was elated to be reunited with his buddy at the end of the movie, even telling him to keep his signature jacket. Isaac's been a supporter of FinnPoe from the beginning, teasing their love story in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres and hamming it up for the cameras during thirst trap interviews like this one from BuzzFeed:
In Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, Stormpilot took a back seat to another angst-filled romance, Reylo. Johnson explored new territory by linking the Light and Dark sides of the force with Rey (Daisy Ridley), a junk scrapper from Jakku and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver), the wayward son of Han Solo and General Leia Organa.
Still, FinnPoe was there — saving each other when the Resistance fleet was attacked, entrusting each other on secret missions, and fighting alongside each other on Crait. Sure, Finn was paired with mechanic Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), but the spark between these two never completely died out — mostly thanks to Isaac, who spent a good amount of The Last Jedi press tour putting his jealousy over Finn's new romance on full display.
It's a swoon-worthy romance saga set in space that even Jane Austen could get down with, but it's not over yet. Despite Abrams all but confirming FinnPoe doesn't happen in the final installment of the sequel trilogy, and despite Boyega doing his best to console fans by pointing out the merits of a platonic friendship between the two, Oscar Isaac refuses to go quietly into that dark, heterosexual night.
No, our fighter pilot is using the last of his energy to throw shade at one of the world's most powerful media conglomerates. Oscar Isaac is coming for Disney, and Disney should be scared.
Here he is calling out the tired homophobia fueling the decision to keep Finn and Poe on the straight and narrow in this final film. He looks exhausted, you guys:
Here he is teasing fans with a mental image of the two in bed together. Warning: Your lady bits will come alive should you choose to watch:
Here he is confirming he ships Finn and Poe … HARD. Make of that what you will:
And here he is claiming he'd pass on millions of dollars if Disney wanted to continue his character's story. We can only assume it's because that story would include a romance with his baby stormtrooper:
And look, we're used to franchises queerbaiting us with background characters who get two seconds of screen time to allude to their homosexuality in ways that won't feel threatening to straight-phobes, but Oscar Isaac isn't, y'all. Oscar Isaac was really out here, for years, believing he might have a shot at playing a queer character in the Star Wars universe. Oscar Isaac was out here campaigning for a bi-racial gay couple to be the heroes of this franchise.
We can stand many an insult, but this is taking it a step too far. Oscar Isaac deserves better, he deserves his own queer Pride & Prejudice, but in space. And if there's any justice left in this world, he'll get it.
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