(DAILYSTAR) — Hero soldier Sinjir Rath Velus comes out in a new novel, which is part of the smash hit sci-fi franchise with arch-baddie Darth Vader.
The space warrior appears in Star Wars: Aftermath, which bridges the gap between Return of the Jedi and new film The Force Awakens.
Sinjir, an Imperial turncoat who now serves in Luke Skywalker’s Rebellion, is the first major gay role to be part of the Star Wars universe.
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Chuck Wendig, author of Star Wars: Aftermath, said: "I don’t think his sexuality needs to be this giant plot point. At the same time, it’s part of who he is.