A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… in 1976 in Hollywood, two unknown actors showed up to audition for an audacious science fiction film to be directed by the guy whose only major film was the decidedly low-key ‘American Graffiti’. Those actors were Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford who would go on to achieve immortality as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, in the film that changed the world, ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’, from director and mastermind George Lucas.
Below, you will find a piece of cinematic history — the black and white recording of Hamill and Ford’s audition! In the clip, they are shown reading a scene between their two characters that doesn’t appear in the final film, at least not in this form. They have stumbled upon the remains of Alderaan, which was destroyed by a “test” conducted by Darth Vader aboard the Death Star. Luke and Han debate their next move.
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) July 27, 2019
Hamill responded, writing:
“My screen-test for @starwars w/ Harrison on the 1st day I ever met him. Neither 1 of us had read the script at this point, only this 1 scene.”
My screen-test for @starwars w/ Harrison on the 1st day I ever met him. Neither 1 of us had read the script at this point, only this 1 scene. I asked George what kind of movie it was-“Let’s just do it, we’ll talk about that later” We never did talk about it later-we just did it. https://t.co/e7cHWoLmJk
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 28, 2019
Of course, Hamill and Ford went on to co-star in the original trilogy, and both returned in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Unfortunately, that film did not include a reunion between their characters but did include Han’s death, so sadly fans will never see a big-screen reunion between Luke and Han.
Hamill, at least, will return in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ which opens on December 20, 2019.