Amid calls for more diversity in Hollywood films, Mark Hamill told fans that Luke Skywalker could be the first gay "Star Wars" character.
"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," Hamill said in an interview, according to Mashable.
"If you think Luke is gay, of course he is," Hamill continued. "You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves."
Last week, J.J. Abrams, the director of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" said he understood fans' calls for a gay character in the franchise. "It seems insanely narrow minded to say that there wouldn't be a homosexual character in that world," Abrams said.
The possibility that the rebooted "Star Wars" movies will feature a major gay character is nothing new, but most speculation has focused on Poe Dameron, the ace resistance pilot played by Oscar Isaac.
In fact, some fans with active gaydar speculate that Poe and Finn, the lapsed storm trooper played by John Boyega, will have a romance.
A homosexual Luke may seem to disrupt another popular fan theory: that Luke is Rey's father.
Then again, gay men have been known to father children -- by having sex with women -- or by in vitro fertlization, a technology that surely seems possible in a universe that can allow ships to travel at faster-than-the-speed-of light hyperspace.
Martha Ross provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Follow her at twitter.com/marthajross.