Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were gay lovers, says It’s A Sin creator

Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were gay lovers, says It’s A Sin creator

It's A Sin creator Russell T. Davies has declared that iconic Star Wars characters Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were engaged in a homosexual love affair.

The Doctor Who and Queer as Folk supremo has insisted that George Lucas' original 1977 space opera is chock full of hints that the heroic pair were in fact a gay couple.

He even asserted that the duo got frisky on the Millennium Falcon spaceship, commenting: "It was happening, I’m a writer, I’ve written those scenes, they were banging away!"

And he isn't the first person to think so – the relationship has such a large fanbase that there's even a ship name for Luke and Han, dubbed SkySolo.

As for Russell, it's far from the first time the Doctor Who wordsmith has raised the subject of gay romance in Star Wars.

After the introduction of bisexual Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its subsequent spin-off Torchwood, Russell insisted that science fiction deserves more LGBTQIA+ representation.

Speaking about the lack of gay characters in the iconic series, Russell told Attitude: "We’re gay, so we tend to notice the gay stuff, which means that we can miss the fact that whole nights of TV can sail past without a single gay person in sight.

"There are whole vast empires where we don’t exist – there’s not a single gay person in Star Wars, in Star Trek, in Disney, in Pixar, and this stuff isn’t old, it remains current.

"There’s still a long way to go."

The prolific TV writer has also recently declared that only gay actors should be able to play gay characters.

Speaking around the release of his Channel 4 drama It's A Sin, he told RadioTimes: "I'm not being woke about this… but I feel strongly that if I cast someone in a story, I am casting them to act as a lover, or an enemy, or someone on drugs or a criminal or a saint… they are NOT there to 'act gay' because 'acting gay' is a bunch of codes for a performance.

"It's about authenticity, the taste of 2020.

"You wouldn't cast someone able-bodied and put them in a wheelchair, you wouldn't black someone up. Authenticity is leading us to joyous places."

Russell is perhaps best known for penning such iconic Doctor Who episodes as the inaugural episode of the 2005 reboot 'Rose', featuring Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston, along with The Waters of Mars from the David Tennant era.

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He's also been behind spin-off shows including Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

He's also one of the brains behind 90s drama Queer As Folk, 2018 mini-series A Very English Scandal, and Channel 4 documentaries Tofu, Cucumber and Banana.

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