The Force is definitely strong with Mark Hamill, considering his wise words.
Recently, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams, fielded a question from The Daily Beast about whether or not gay characters will be appearing in the sci-fi franchise in the future.
“I would love it,” he said. “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
Sort of in response, Mark Hamill, who reprises his iconic role as Luke Skywalker for the new trilogy, decided to also broach the topic with The Sun.
“I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days, you would get fan mail,” he said. “But now fans are writing and asking all these questions: ‘I’m bullied in school … I’m afraid to come out.’ They say to me: ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”
This is a slippery answer. Most likely he’s allowing fans to decide for themselves if the Luke is gay. But…there’s the possibility that he’s letting the upcoming films’ writers and directors decide if the beloved character’s sexuality will be discussed.
Regardless, a gay Star Wars character seems inevitable. I mean…fans are already shipping Finn and Poe. A lot.