Star Wars protagonist Luke Skywalker could be gay, according to Mark Hamill.

Earlier this week, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams said he is keen to to see a gay character in the award-winning franchise.

Now, actor Mark Hamill has revealed the Jedi hero can have any sexuality fans want.

“I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days you would get fan mail,” he said.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

Many fans have been wondering when an openly gay character will appear in the galaxy far, far away – and Abrams thinks its definitely going to happen, “very soon”.

“Of course!” he told The Daily Beast.

“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.”

Although Abrams gave no specific details regarding which characters may or may not be LGBT, many fans already have their suspicions – and its not Luke Skywalker.

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 recently that there’s still life in the idea yet.