ED Miliband believes that Zoe Wanamaker would bring a fresh twist to the role of Darth Vader.
He added: “It’s 2015, I think the world is ready for a female Vader and I hope the new Star Wars films will deliver that.
“There’s no reason why the character has to be really tall with a deep boomy voice. ‘Darth Vader’ is a pretty gender neutral name.
“Vader could be Luke Skywalker’s mum. That would be an awesome reboot. Imagine them having a massive light sabre duel then the helmet comes off and its the lead actress from My Family and she’s like ‘Luke…I am your mum…’.
“Everyone would be into that. Unless they were misogynists.”
The Labour leader’s suggestion follows his comment that Rosamunde Pike should be the next James Bond.
Bond scriptwriter Tom Booker said: “It’s an interesting idea but most of the scenes would start with her explaining that her parents just really liked the name James.
“Actually no, it is a shit idea.”