For Star Wars fans, it’s hard to imagine a time before Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were an iconic movie duo — but that’s how it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Thanks to a new video, we can now see their audition for the roles of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, respectively, in the beloved film franchise.
“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,” Mark, 67, revealed on Twitter after another user asked him for more info on it.
The actor, also best known for voicing the Joker in animated Batman projects, explained that he asked creator George Lucas what kind of movie it would be but was told “let’s just do it, we’ll talk about it later.” As it turns out, though, Mark said he never discussed it further with writer-director never — “we just did it.”
So far the Indiana Jones star, 77, has yet to chime in and give us his side of the story. Missing from the video — and our lives these days — of course is the duo’s costar Carrie Fisher. The late actress, who played the bun-haired Princess Leia Organa Solo, tragically died at the age of 60 in December 2016.
“This has made my week,” Josh Gad replied — with other people calling the poor quality, black-and-white clip proof that not only were the correct casting decisions made, they are some of the best casting decisions ever.
We will all get our next dose of Star Wars fun when the ninth episode of the saga, titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, hits theaters in December 20, 2019. Disney has announced that three more Star Wars movies have been announced for release in December 2022, December 2024 and December 2026.