Star Wars actor Mark Hamill says Luke Skywalker might not be Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) father. He didn’t say it directly, but a potential factor points to the possibility that it’s “not true, that’s impossible.”
It’s only a rumor at this point, but it could blow one of the greatest theories out of the galaxy about who Rey’s parentage is. Some speculated that since The Force Awakens didn’t say who her parents were, and since the scene at the end was left so ambiguous, Luke may have impregnated someone and abandoned the family, leaving Rey behind.
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There was that one scene in A New Hope where Luke and his sister kissed, and admittedly that was borderline incest. One could argue that they hadn’t known, but Leia (Carrie Fisher) revealed in Return of the Jedi that she’d always known. We clearly saw Luke enjoying the kiss enough, though it might not have been for the reason we’d thought, if what Mark Hamill suggested about Luke Skywalker is true.
Hamill had read an interview where J.J. Abrams admitted some characters in the Star Wars saga will be gay, reports The Guardian. In a world where the inclusion of different sexual orientations is getting more and more popular, it seems inevitable. The possibility already sparked the rumor that Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) are destined to be lovers, though the two have yet to share much screen time at all.
J.J. Abrams hasn’t revealed who the gay character or characters might be yet, but Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill fielded the question for gay fans.
“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.’ 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.”
Is Mark Hamill saying Luke Skywalker is gay? No, he’s simply saying it’s possible. The only person he’s ever kissed on screen was his sister, and she initiated it. It would certainly add a whole new level of awkwardness to the almost love triangle between Luke, Leia, and Han (Harrison Ford). Luke and Han may have developed a bit of a “bromance” when they teamed up in the Millennium Falcon, but we all know now that Han only had eyes for Leia.
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Mark was actually giving gay Star Wars fans “a new hope” that one of their greatest heroes was among them. He’d never had a girlfriend or an actual love interest in the films. In the extended universe, the idea that Luke was gay had been ludicrous though. He had met Mara Jade when she attempted to assassinate him for Emperor Palpatine, whose brainwashing had lasted longer than he did. Much like he’d done for his father in Return of the Jedi, Luke had convinced her that there was good in her, and years later they had married.
Now that’s all been thrown out of official canon, since J.J. Abrams took over as director for one film. It’s very possible now that as Mark Hamill suggested, Luke Skywalker is gay and in fact not Rey’s father.
[Image via The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox]