In 2021, The Bad Batch introduced Star Wars fans to Omega, an altered clone with more brothers than she can count. She may be the first female clone we’ve seen on-screen, but it turns out she may not have been the first.
Yesterday, author E.K. Johnston revealed that a character in her upcoming Star Wars novel Queen’s Hope is a female clone — meaning Omega wasn’t the only clone of Jango Fett that identified as female, and implying there could be more.
“Her name is Sister,” Johnston wrote in a tweet, “because her brothers wanted to make sure everyone knew that she belonged.”
The author also confirmed in a comment on the above tweets that Sister is a transgender clone, meaning she identifies as a woman despite sharing identical genes with her brothers.
“Sister doesn’t have a huge part in the book [Queen’s Hope], so we didn’t want to use her existence as promo,” Johnston continued. “I made her to be shared, not just with readers, but with other SW writers as well” — implying Sister could appear in other stories or perhaps be the central focus of a Star Wars story all her own.
Johnston has never shied away from making her Star Wars stories more inclusive, consistently developing characters and relationships of all kinds. More and more, Star Wars authors are following her example, making the books and comics set in a galaxy far, far away more diverse than it seems the films or TV shows will ever be.
Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston is the third installment in a trilogy of novels focused on Padmé Amidala, her handmaidens, and the ongoing fight for justice in a galaxy far, far away. The novel releases on April 5, 2022 wherever Star Wars books are sold.
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