If a tie-in novel is of any indication, Star Wars: The Last Jedi could be bringing fans the first LGBT character to appear in a movie. A passage from a Leia-centric novel implies that Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) could be bisexual.
An excerpt of the novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan – which is set prior to the events of A New Hope – features a discussion between Leia Organa and Amilyn Holdo about sexuality that implies that Holdo is open to having romantic partners that aren’t limited by gender. The two talk about the romance between human and alien species before Holdo drops a hint that she’s bisexual or pansexual:
“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.”
This passage is by no means an official confirmation that Holdo is gay or bisexual – since she could simply be referring to having an interest in non-humanoid, male romantic partners – but the fact that the explicit mention that she sees humanoid males as being “limiting” certainly does raise a point that can be debated.
It should be noted that, should this implication bear fruit, Holdo would not actually be the first character in Disney’s iteration of the Star Wars universe to be LGBT – in the novels, both the woman Moff Delian Mors (Lords of the Sith) and the man Sinjr Rath Velus (The Aftermath Trilogy) were both introduced in 2015. However, Holdo would have the distinction of being the first LGBT character to appear onscreen, which is definitely another step on Lucasfilm’s part to encourage more inclusivity.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
Source: Leia: Princess of Alderaan (Via Screen Rant)
‘Star Wars’: Just Who Could Be ‘The Last Jedi’?
Last month, Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced the title for the next “Skywalker Saga” Star Wars film. Episode VIII will be titled The Last Jedi. As soon as the announcement came, fans were both excited, and very interested. That’s a “cool” title, yet at the same time very vague. Even stars of the film, Mark Hamil and Daisy Ridley have been tight-lipped about what that could mean. The only response has been Hamil saying that it has a very “samurai” and “minimalist” vibe to it. Ridley only shared a meme on Facebook related to the announcement of the title.
So what does it mean? One theory is that for the new films, the titles will literally spell out a sentence summarizing the trilogy, which is interesting. The first film The Force Awakens, the next one The Last Jedi, the third…. so it could say that “The Force Awakens The Last Jedi (insert Episode 9 title).”
But we are curious as to who the last Jedi in Episode VIII could be. Of course, there are obvious answers, since the field of Jedi in the new trilogy is so limited. It’s not like the prequel trilogy where there were hundreds if not thousands of Jedi to pick and choose from.
So let’s take a look as see just who the Last Jedi could actually be. Click next to see who our choices are.