THE Star Wars book franchise over the weekend revealed that one of its hero characters will be openly-gay.

In a new book series of at least 20 books and comics that is in the process of being released prior to the new Star Wars movie this December, author Chuck Wendig along with a number of other writers creating the franchise’s latest movie series, are filling in the gap between Return of the Jedi and the new sequel.

This includes adding a gay character to the mix: the Imperial turncoat Sinjir Rath Velus.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Wendig explained: “I don’t think that his sexuality needs to be this giant plot point, but at the same time, it’s part of who he is as a character, and I thought it was an interesting moment.

“Especially since you don’t necessarily see it as much – not just in Star Wars but just in science-fiction … comics are just starting to figure out that that [LGBT men and women] exist in the world.”

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