Over 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking Star Wars head honchos Disney and Lucasfilm to include a gay superfan in the sci-fi series’ next film.
Joshua Kehl started the campaign to pay tribute to his best friend Drew Leinonen (pictured, left), who was one of the 49 victims of the Orlando mass shooting on June 12, 2016.
“I’m writing this letter to request that Drew’s passing be honored by using him as inspiration for the first-ever LGBT Star Wars character to appear in a movie,” Joshua wrote on the petition.
“How this is done — using his likeness, running his name through one of those Star Wars Name Generators, etc. — is totally up to you. He was obsessed with tech and gadgets, so it won’t surprise you to hear his favorite characters were Darth Vader, General Grevious, and pretty much every droid,” Joshua wrote.
“Drew was a remarkable human being, and I can’t think of a more perfect tribute to his legacy than this. Nothing would make him happier than for all the little gay nerds out there to have their own Star Wars character to look up to.”
The next Star Wars movie, Episode VIII, is slated for release in December 2017.
To sign the petition on Change.org, click here.