John Boyega has confirmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi will indeed definitively show audiences what direction the Finn/Poe Dameron relationship is going. Both characters were introduced in The Force Awakens and became fast friends, helping each other escape the First Order. The electric chemistry between Boyega and Oscar Isaac instantly sold viewers on their dynamic, and some are hoping that the two can be more than best buds. In the wake of Episode VII, it became popular in some circles to 'ship Finn and Poe, wishing for them to become Star Wars' first homosexual romance onscreen.
Unlike The Empire Strikes Back and Attack of the Clones, this middle chapter of a Star Wars trilogy doesn't feature a love story as an integral component of the plot. Director Rian Johnson confirmed as much earlier this year, though it is possible there could be some romantic tension at various points. Those invested in having "Stormpilot" become a reality will uncover the truth behind Finn and Poe when they get a chance to see The Last Jedi in theaters.
During an interview with Mashable, Boyega shared what little he could, confirming that Episode VIII lets viewers know where it's all headed:
"I’ve watched the film and I will confirm, that will be confirmed in The Last Jedi — you will know exactly which way it’s going. Seriously, you’ll know, by the time you watch it, you’ll know."
At Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Boyega did reveal Finn furthers his bromance with Poe in The Last Jedi, so fans will see more of the dynamic duo together after they made such an impression in the last film. However, the pair's screen time could be quite limited. Finn and Poe have separate arcs, with the former embarking on a secret mission with Rose Tico and the latter dealing with new leadership within the Resistance. If the two are apart for a significant portion of the 2.5-hour runtime, then it would be difficult to properly develop a meaningful romance. Where we stand now, the likelier prospect is Finn and Poe remain good friends, especially since Johnson also told Mashable that there wasn't a good opportunity to include LGBT characters in The Last Jedi - though he is open for that down the line.
Representation in Hollywood tentpoles has become a hot button issue of late, and the new Star Wars films have taken strides in that department, though some feel there is room for continued improvement. It'll be disappointing for some if Finn and Poe do not become a couple, but what matters most ultimately is for The Last Jedi to tell a riveting story and be a worthwhile addition to the saga. By all accounts, that's exactly what it is, so it's safe to say we can trust the filmmakers' judgments.
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