A new Star Wars novel hints that a character appearing in the upcoming film The last Jedi is either bisexual or pansexual.
Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray includes a conversation between Leia and resistance leader Amilyn Holdo, in which the two joke about the possibility of interspecies relationships.
After Leia reveals that she’s only into “humanoid males,” Holdo hints that her own sexuality is more expansive.
“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.”
Holdo will be played by Laura Dern in Last Jedi, but it’s not clear if her non-heterosexual orientation will be referenced in the film.
If it is, that would make her the first openly LGBT character in a Star Wars film, something queer fans of the franchise have been pushing for. LGBT characters have been popping up in Star Wars novels for some time, including Imperial turncoat Sinjir Rath Velus in 2015’s Star Wars: Aftermath.
Last year, John Boyega excited fans shipping Finn (Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) by saying that Finn and heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) are “just friends.” He added that the “romance thing” is “not going to go the way you think it’s going to go” in future films.
Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, also recently revealed that a future Finn-Poe romance is within the realm of possibility.
The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.