Last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams made headlines when he claimed that one or more gay characters will be introduced in an upcoming Star Wars movie. And since that time, there has been plenty of speculation as to which characters might be outed in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Poe Dameron is the odds on favorite, with some speculating he could wind up in a love affair with Finn. But others are pretty certain that the Master Jedi himself, Luke Skywalker, is of the same sex persuasion.
While most assume that a new character will be introduced right off the bat as being gay, there are some who would not be surprised if one of the more iconic, well-known characters revealed their true sexual orientation. Though, how that would be addressed is up for debate. Over thirty years, Luke has not felt the need to say, "Hi, I'm Luke. And I'm gay." So would it be revealed with a kiss? More importantly, what does actor Mark Hamill think about this?
The actor actually gave the best response he could have possibly offered when poised with the question. He tells The Sun that it is all open to interpretation. And Luke doesn't need to out himself to be gay. Here's how he feels Luke's sexual persuasion should be handled in the future.
"I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days, you would get fan mail. 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."
Some speculate that Rey is Luke Skywalker's daughter. And as we know, there are no complications in this day in age with a gay man having a daughter, except for how those two individuals accept and perceive their own relationship. So both of these story elements could possibly be explored in the future. The one downside of having Luke be revealed as gay is that it would answer the question definitively, and no longer leave it up to interpretation.
Being a Jedi, Luke is not supposed to be involved in any romantic entanglements. In the Legends series of books, Luke is married to Mara Jade Skywalker, and they have a son named Ben. This is not considered canon, with these story elements abandoned by the live-action movies. In the original trilogy, Luke harbors an attraction to Princess Leia. That is, before he discovers that she's his sister. Luke is never seen with a romantic partner in any of the four Skywalker-centric movies. But Star Wars has never been a franchise that delved too deeply into the loving relationships between its characters. Han and Leia's courtship has always taken a backseat to the action, even in the latest movie. And the scenes where Anakin courts Padme in the prequel trilogy are considered by fans to be some of the worst in the series.
What do you think? Should Luke Skywalker be outed as gay? Do you want to see Poe Dameron and Finn in a relationship that mirrors Han Solo and General Leia? Or should the idea of gay characters in Star Wars not be a focal point at all? Sound off in the comments below.