John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness from the “Doctor Who” franchise isn’t going to be the only omnisexual space adventurer out there, it looks like he’s about to be joined by Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.
Screen Rant reports that “Leia: Princess of Alderaan,” the upcoming “Star Wars” franchise tie-in novel released this past Force Friday, includes a passage where Dern’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” character Holdo and Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa are joking about inter-species relationships:
“‘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.'”
Though hinted at in the novel, there’s zero indication that Holdo’s sexuality will be referenced in any way shape or form in Rian Johnson’s film. Last year Disney came under fire in a report from GLAAD about its noted lack of diversity on screen – especially in terms of LGBT characters. Something like this could be seen as an attempted answer to that criticism.
Holdo is one of several new characters introduced for the first time in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” another is Benicio del Toro as the mysterious D.J. and Kelly Marie Tran as a Resistance janitor named Rose Tico.
“Leia: Princess of Alderaan” is now available in book stores, while “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters December 15th.