In a galaxy far, far a gay, I mean away, there was a hero. A young man who faced his darkest fears and changed the fate of the worlds. And maybe kissed on men. If that’s what you want to believe. Mark Hamill, the actor that plays Luke Skywalker – I’m clarifying because there is a shocking number of people that have not seen Star Wars – has said that if people want to think that Luke is gay, then they should raise a rainbow flag, because he is. To them.
Mark spoke to The Sun (via NY Post) and said, “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.” Honestly, kudos to him. The character arc for Luke doesn’t hinge on him being gay or not, so it’s not brought up and there was no romantic storyline for him either. This is a pretty classy way of addressing something that clearly means a lot to a lot of people as well as going with the flow of the more diversified world of Star Wars.
J.J. Abrams, director and mastermind behind the series reboot, said to 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 the world. When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.” There was a big to-do made about him making the two new leads a black man and a white woman, but those things, again, didn’t define the characters and it wasn’t a big “LOOK AT OUR DIVERSITY” thing in the movie or in the press or them.
There’s also been speculation about whether two of the male characters, played by John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, are headed for a Sex and the City 2 style gay wedding, but with the cantina band instead of Liza Minnelli. Or Both. John spoke to Radio Times and said,
“As far as I’m concerned, when JJ sat us down to go through the script, it was a bromance,” he said. “But now I’m learning what Mark Hamill said before, when he didn’t know that Darth Vader was Luke’s father: you never know what they’re going to pull. I’m looking at the director Rian [Johnson] closely so he can get me involved early, so I can prepare myself. So who knows?”
Diversifying the Star Wars world is great and I’m all for it. What I’m not for is the Lady Gaga-style copy and paste job they did with The Force Awakens. Yes. The original movie is fun and everyone loves it, but can they stretch just a little so we get a movie that isn’t the same exact plot? Also, we need a spin-off with R2-D2 and C3PO playing bumbling detectives. They’re the true Bert and Ernie of this whole show.