Star Wars: Episode VIII has started filming in the UK and its star Mark Hamill has opened up about one aspect of his famous character.
According to The Sun, the 64-year-old has said Luke Skywalker could be gay if that is how fans see him because his sexuality has not been specified.
Earlier this week, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams revealed he is in favour of seeing a gay character in the blockbusting franchise.
“I would love it,” he told The Daily Beast. “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.”
It’s possible he’s already aware of the section of Star Wars fans who saw a good deal of subtext in the relationship between Finn, played by John Boyega, and Poe, portrayed by Oscar Isaac.
But now Mark, who became a global star after appearing in the original 1977 Star Wars movie, has added fuel to the fire with his remarks about Luke’s sexuality.
“I just read online that JJ is very much open to that,” he’s quoted as saying in The Sun.
“In the old days you would get fan mail. But now fans are writing and ask 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.”
Fans queued around the block on Wednesday night when Mark gave an exclusive question and answer session at Oxford Union.
He regaled the starstruck crowd with tales of his acting career before inviting questions from the audience.