John Boyega has revived hopes for a gay Star Wars romance for his character.

Last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured a close bond between Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) – with rumours spreading that Disney is setting up a gay romance between two of the film’s main characters.

Isaac added fuel to the fire by hinting at an undisclosed romance of some kind, adding: “I think it’s very subtle romance that’s happening. You know, you have to just look very close — you have to watch it a few times to see the little hints. But there was.”

Boyega initially shut down reports, but hinted to Radio Times this week that there’s still life in the idea yet.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned, when JJ [Abrams] sat us down to go through the script, it was a bromance.

“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?”

Rian Johnson, who is directing the next Star Wars film, appears to be a supporter of the rumour – even tweeting fanart of the pairing.

Last year, Star Wars novel writer Chuck Wending issued an epic response to critics who were unhappy with the introduction of a major new gay character into the Star Wars universe.

Wending revealed in a recent interview that the franchise would be introducing the character in his new novel – Star Wars: Aftermath.

Fans were quick to point out that lesbian Jedi Juhani featured in the 2003 game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – making her technically the first gay Star Wars hero.

The new films, however, are set in a different universe.