Mark Hamill revealed that his Star Wars character, Luke Skywalker, could be gay a week after The Force Awakens director, JJ Abrams, suggested that gay characters could be part of the Star Wars universe in future films.
In February, The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams, told press at the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards that “it seems insanely narrow-minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in [the Star Wars] world.”
“I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days, you would get fan mail,” Hamill told the Sun. “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.”
In a direct message to a fan on Twitter in January, Hamill addressed a question regarding Skywalker’s sexuality:
— a(nakin)ddie (@obiskyguy) January 13, 2016
Hamill is set to reprise the role of Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VIII with director Rian Johnson.