It's Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, the purple-haired super badass woman from Gatalenta played by the incomparable Laura Dern!
She plays an incredible role in the film as General Leia’s right-hand woman. While Leia is recovering from being blasted out of her ship’s cockpit, Holdo is appointed the interim commander of the ship (much to Poe’s chagrin — and our delight).
In addition to being a total badass, the novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray includes a passage which heavily implies that Holdo is LGBTQ+.
The novel is set prior to the events of A New Hope when Princess Leia is 16 years old. She meets Amilyn Holdo (who has green hair in the book) and the two become fast friends. At one point in the book, Leia and Amilyn are talking about the possibility of an interspecies relationship. Here’s an excerpt:
“A pair of pretty dark eyes.” Then Amilyn thought about that for a moment. “Or more than a pair, if you’re into Grans. Or Aqualish, or Talz. Or even – ”
“That’s all right! Leia said through laughter. “It’s just humanoid males for me.”
“Really? That feels so limiting.”
“Thank goodness it’s a big galaxy.”
To be clear, the novel doesn’t explicitly state that Holdo is queer, but the fact that she thinks a relationship with “just humanoid males” is “so limiting” does seem to imply that she’d be into a relationship with a woman, right?
Many people are convinced that Holdo is actually bisexual. And that's not it —
They’re also now shipping her with General Leia.
We can totally see it! In a franchise that has struggled in the past with representing people from all walks of life, it’s time for some queer characters, already!
Here's the real question:
Are we gonna get a spin-off?
Han Solo gets one! Why not Leia, too?
Regardless of whether Holdo is actually, in-canon queer, we loved Laura Dern's performance.
But we’re still holding out hope that this theory could prove true.
After all, rebellions are built on hope, right?