It's been a much-discussed topic as of late. Will Disney and Lucasfilm incorporate a gay character in the STAR WARS films? Following the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron was speculated to be a gay character, and some fans went so far as to "ship" him with Finn. None of this has been confirmed by Disney, of course, though director J.J. Abrams has gone on the record saying it would be narrow-minded for the studio not to include any gay characters.
However, if a recent interview with Mark Hamill is any indication, there may have been a gay character under our nose all along. Speaking with The Sun, Hamill went on to say the following:
“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 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.”
Sounds fair enough. Throughout the entire series, Luke has only kissed one person--his sister--so this doesn't come completely out of the blue. Obviously the spirit of this statement is meant to resonate with fans going through rough times, but I'd like to take this moment and throw that out the window and speculate something else.
If you haven't seen STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, now is the time to look away.
One of the biggest questions coming out of THE FORCE AWAKENS was, "who are Rey's parents?" Among the many theories was the theory that Luke Skywalker was her father. It seemed straightforward and plausible, albeit a bit underwhelming, but following Hamill's comments, does this mean Luke can't be the father?
Granted, the actor didn't spoil anything outright, but if he was revealed to be the father in the scripts Hamill has seen, would he have been so ready to out Luke like that? My guess is probably not.
So is this the confirmation we needed to put to bed any speculation that Luke could be Rey's father? I'd still say no. Life isn't a clear cut path. Even though we never saw Luke get any real action in the films, there's still a possibility he could've had Rey, then discovered he was gay...and of course, he could also be bisexual, for all we know.
So many possibilities!
What do you think? Do Hamill's comments hold any water in the grand scheme of the story? Is this all we need to know that Luke is not Rey's father? Let us know your thoughts and theories down below!