STAR WARS: Mark Hamill Shares New Insights Into Being Cast As Luke Skywalker After Audition Tape Surfaces

STAR WARS: Mark Hamill Shares New Insights Into Being Cast As Luke Skywalker After Audition Tape Surfaces

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has shared new insights into being cast as Luke Skywalker after an audition tape of him and Harrison Ford went viral. You can watch that, and read his comments, right here...

By JoshWilding - Jan 04, 2023 11:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

Recently, an old audition tape for George Lucas' Star Wars (A New Hope) went viral on Twitter. In that, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford can be seen reading lines for the now-classic sci-fi movie, and the former has now shed some light on what was actually going on here. 

"At this point, neither of us had read the full script, only this one scene," the beloved Luke Skywalker actor revealed. "I was full of questions, but George [Lucas] said 'Let's just try one [and] we'll talk about it later.' Even though it felt like a parody of sci-fi, I decided to play it as sincerely as possible." 

Responding to fans, Hamill confirmed that neither actor had been cast in the 1977 classic at this point, and joked that Ford saying "I'm beginning not to like you" is a line that "most regrettably didn't make the final cut."

He also debunked long-standing rumours that he auditioned alongside Kurt Russell, noting that the Guardians of the Galaxy star likely tried out for Luke Skywalker, and not Han Solo. 

The chemistry between these two is clear to see even at this early stage, so it's no wonder Lucas ended up casting them both. Hamill would go on to play Luke in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi before reprising the role decades later in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker

Fans were disappointed by what they saw there, but the actor was given a shot at redemption thanks to cameos in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett

Check out the audition tape below. 

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