“The Last Jedi” May Give Us “Star Wars” First Queer Character After All

Last yr, John Boyega excited Star Wars hoping for a Finn-Poe romance by saying that Finn and heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) are “just friends,” and that the “romance thing” in future movies is “not going to go the way you think it’s going to go.”

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More just lately Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy agreed Finn-Poe romance was throughout the realm of risk.

“After 40 years of adventures, people have a lot of information and a lot of theories about the path these stories can take,” she stated tactfully, “and sometimes those theories that come up are new ideas for us to listen to, read and pay attention to.”

But whereas not one of the advance chatter has instructed ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and maverick Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) turn out to be greater than buddies within the upcoming The Last Jedi, one other character might lastly break the Star Wars motion pictures queer cherry.

Earlier this yr, Claudia Gray’s Star Wars novelLeia: Princess of Alderaan launched resistance chief Admiral Amilyn Holdo, performed by Laura Dern in Last Jedi. In one passage, after Leia reveals she’s solely into “humanoid males,” Holdo hints that her personal sexuality is extra expansive.

“A pair of pretty dark eyes.” Then Amilyn thought of that for a second. “Or more than a pair, if you’re into Grans. Or Aqualish, or Talz. Or even—”

“That’s all right!” Leia stated via laughter. “It’s just humanoid males for me.”

“Really? That feels so limiting.”

“Thank goodness it’s a big galaxy.”

In a brand new Vanity Fair function, Dern’s purple-haired model of Holdo was described as an “oddball.”

She’s Poe’s new commander however “doesn’t quite have Leia’s everyman (or everywoman) touch with the troops,” in response to EW, and the 2 butt heads. It’s not even totally clear if she’s a great man.

“She’s somebody who’s a bit off-kilter, who sees the world through a prism most others don’t understand,” Gray informed StarWars.com of the youthful Holdo launched in her e book. “At first Leia thinks she’s pleasant but weird, but as time goes on, it becomes apparent that there’s much more to Holdo than you might guess when you first met her.”

Should she be canonically queer, it could make her the primary brazenly LGBT character in a Star Wars movie. LGBT characters have been popping up in Star Wars novels for a while, although, together with Imperial turncoat Sinjir Rath Velus in 2015’s Star Wars: Aftermath.

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