The newest Star Wars films have done a lot to improve representation on-screen. We've finally seen a black lead character in John Boyega's portrayal of Finn. We've got a female Stormtrooper in Captain Phasma who battles assumptions that all Stormtroopers are men (an assumption we didn't even realize we had until we saw Gwendoline Christie totally kill it in Force Awakens). Thanks to Kelly Marie Tran, we've finally seen an Asian-American woman with a lead role in a Star Wars film! Between Rogue One and The Last Jedi, we've seen more badass female pilots and fighters than we could have even hoped for.
However, we haven't seen any Star Wars characters who are also members of the LGBTQ+ community.
OR HAVE WE?! A Star Wars novel published earlier this year heavily implies that one of the characters in The Last Jedi is queer. But who?
(Note: this article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.)
Unless you've been living under some kind of space rock, you know that the new Star Wars movie came out last week. We recommend you use the Force to lift that space rock and get to a theater ASAP.
Watch it once for first impressions, then see it again to catch all the details you missed the first time.
As with all Star Wars films, the latest one brings its own set of fan theories and speculation.
Ever since The Force Awakens came out in 2015, people have speculated about the possible romantic interests in the film. There are a lot of people who ship these two:
That’s Finn (played by John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac).
Finn is a former Stormtrooper who left the First Order and joined the Resistance. Poe is a Resistance pilot.
There's a lot of chemistry between the two characters. Just watch this clip from Force Awakens:
There’s even a “ship name” for the two (that’s like “Brangelina” but for fictional characters). People call Finn and Poe “Stormpilot.”
(‘Cause one’s a Stormtrooper and the other’s a pilot. You get it.)
Seriously, "Stormpilot" is a huge deal online. Even the actors who portray Finn and Poe are in on it:
Do a brief search for “Stormpilot” on Twitter or Tumblr and you’ll be bombarded with fan art and theories like you wouldn’t believe. (In fact, it might be best to do that search when you’re not at work, if you catch our drift).
So when the new film came out, people were anxious to see whether director Rian Johnson had finally given the Stormpilot shippers the romance they wanted to see.
Spoiler art: He didn’t. In fact, Poe and Finn spend most of the movie in separate parts of the galaxy. Stormpilot shippers are still holding out hope, though.
However, those who were hoping for there to be queer representation in the new film need not despair!
There’s another character in The Last Jedi who might totally be on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.