HOLLYWOOD, CA—During a recent interview with Out And Proud Magazine, Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams hinted that the hotly-anticipated 9th installment of the Star Wars saga would include more clear LGBTQ representation, in the form of a lesbian AT-AT.
“Star Wars has always been about representing diversity.” Abrams said, “Whether it was giving all the white characters medals at the end of A New Hope, or the hilariously accurate Jewish and Caribbean stereotypes in The Phantom Menace, it’s important that everyone has a character they can relate to!”
Abrams went on to say that he is thrilled that Rise of Skywalker will continue this trend of inclusivity by giving audiences a lesbian armored vehicle with which they can identify. “We’re going to get to see this All Terrain Armored Transport explore her sexual identity, and follow the struggle she goes through, being the only gay Imperial walker in the known galaxy.”
Abrams further explained that the AT-AT’s character would be illuminated through conversations with Rey, who speaks fluent Imperial Walker. Because of course, she does.
“We believe that introducing a progressive agenda to the Star Wars films is a great way to subvert expectations,” Abrams concluded, “and that’s always a good thing!”
At publishing time, the film's production crew was hastily adding an AT-AT walker for every sexual orientation into the film in post.