March 4, 2016


'Star Wars' Star Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker Could Be Gay

Mike Marsland/WireImage
Mike Marsland/WireImage

Last week we learned Star Wars director J.J. Abrams is planning on including queer characters in the franchise's future. It makes sense, considering 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens was, you know, one of the most successful movies of all time and featured minority a woman and an African-American man as the leads.

Apparently Abrams isn't the only one embracing progress. Actor Mark Hamill, aka generation-defining hero Luke Skywalker, leaves his character's sexuality open-ended. He told the Sun:

"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.'"

He continued:

"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."

There you have it! While we've got you, make sure to revisit our complete guide to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You might learn something.