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:
"you need a pilot" "i need a pilot" will always be one of my favorite stormpilot moments https://t.co/g0C9aQJYvR— janina (@janina)1513197058.0
Seriously, "Stormpilot" is a huge deal online. Even the actors who portray Finn and Poe are in on it:
oscar approves of stormpilot,,,oh i love this lgbt icon https://t.co/xUvrEbTUjc— hannah (@hannah)1513707997.0
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.
What she says: I’m fine What she means: ok but literally everyone (including Star Wars cast) wants for poe and finn… https://t.co/ouNdYDurMF— laura ✨ (@laura ✨)1513460895.0
It's Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, the purple-haired super badass woman from Gatalenta played by the incomparable Laura Dern!
holdo appreciation tweet because she did THAT and deserves all the love and praise, i was not expecting to love her… https://t.co/olzks4QiCT— carlos (@carlos)1513408986.0
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+.
“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 —
Straight Star Wars fans, don't read this. * * * * * * * * * General Leia is a late in life lesbian with Vice Admira… https://t.co/P1tmwEMLuL— Crystal Cormorwraithe (@Crystal Cormorwraithe)1513653777.0