In the friendship of Oscar Isaac and John Boyega

Star Wars is known for its intergalactic battles, lovable characters, and triumph of good over evil – not for its gay romance. But when the franchise’s latest trilogy, The Force Awakens, hit theaters in 2015, fans hailed Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) for being more than just brothers.

Whether it was the moment Poe gave Finn his first name since he was kidnapped as a child, or their reunion when Finn learned Poe was alive, the duo’s on-screen chemistry was palpable. “The chemistry was so great that I think I think [the] idea [of a romance] came from the fans, to be honest,” Boyega revealed in a chat with Cinema Blend about Bleeding Cool.

But director JJ Abrams has dashed hopes of a romance between Poe and Finn in The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment of Star Wars. “This relationship with me is much deeper than a romantic one,” Abrams told Vanity Fair. “There’s a deep bond these two have, not only because of the ordeal in which they met, but also because of their willingness to be as intimate as they are.”

Shippers may despair, but the bright spot is that Isaac and Boyega share a genuine friendship that’s strong enough to even raise hopes of a gay Star Wars relationship. And even if fans can’t have FinnPoe, they can still cheer on the actors’ bromance.

John Boyega and Oscar Isaac love each other

John Boyega and Oscar Isaac’s friendship blossomed on the set of Star Wars. In 2016, Boyega tweeted a picture of himself working out with the caption “VIII,” followed by a video of himself jumping rope that included a salute to Isaac. “@mrcallet influenced my cardio routine today,” he wrote. “It doesn’t hurt that I have Oscar Isaac in the background cheering me on.” Following the success of “The Force Awakens,” the pair also got back together for a hilarious rendition of “Durst Tweets.”

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Over the years, Boyega and Isaac have proven that they weren’t above teasing each other publicly. Case in point: Boyega jokingly “shamed” Isaac on Twitter for not texting him back, and wrote his pal an old-fashioned handwritten letter. He concluded with, “It would be awesome if you would join me for the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ if I could get a Plus” – and of course, this has only fueled fan demand for more FinnPoe. Similarly, check out this 2020 Instagram profile of Boyega where Isaac is wearing a FinnPoe shirt!

But the actors’ relationship extends beyond “Stars Wars.” In a 2022 interview with Men’s Health, Boyega supported his former co-star when Isaac promoted the Disney+ series Moon Knight. When asked what he’s been watching lately, according to ScreenRant, Boyega replied, “‘Moon Knight.’ My boy Oscar [Isaac]has a British accent. He’s all right, you know what I mean?”

Oscar Isaac endorsed John Boyega

Oscar Isaac has also supported his pal John Boyega in some less light-hearted moments. Per USA Today, Boyega was an active participant in the Black Lives Matter movement — and despite his initial intent to “quietly protest,” he ended up delivering a 2020 speech that later went viral. The actor told ET that the support of his Star Wars co-stars meant the world to him. “I’m very close to my castmates, especially Oscar [Isaac] and daisies [Ridley]’ he shared. “I had really transparent and nice conversations that I will never forget in my career, so we already talked about things. They didn’t come as a shock when I said this, but they wrote to say they support me.” Following Boyega’s BLM speech, Isaac reposted an article from The Guardian to his Facebook page and wrote, “Infinitely proud to to know this man. I love you John.”

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In a 2020 interview with British GQ, Boyega criticized Disney for what he saw as the franchise’s mishandling of its characters of color. “What I would say to Disney is don’t release a black character, market them as being much more important in the franchise than they are, and then sideline them. This is not good. I’ll say it bluntly,” he shared. While Boyega specifically references his character Finn, he also calls out to other actors of color like Isaac. Boyega also has his back on Isaac.