The first test screen of Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford for Star Wars makes its way online. Playing Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in the beloved space opera, the two actors, alongside Carrie Fisher who played Leia Organa, have fans to thank for the continuous popularity of the franchise set galaxy far, far away. And now, as the Skywalker saga nears its end with J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Hamill looks back at his very first test screen with his Ford as he shares the clip to the public.
One would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't at least have an idea what Star Wars is, and fans have creator George Lucas and the cast for bringing his vision to life to thank for. No wonder, the original trilogy actors are among the most loved in the industry despite four decades since they starred in A New Hope. Among them, Hamill is the most engaged on social media, regularly checking out with his massive fanbase. And his most recent upload will sure warm every loyal follower of Star Wars since it features a young version of Hamill and Ford trying their lines together for Episode IV.
Hamill re-shared an original tweet from Carl Quintanilla with a clip from his test screening with Ford for Star Wars. In the caption, the actor provided some context regarding the clip writing: "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." Watch the video below:
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
It's surreal to see Hamill and Ford before they officially became Han and Luke. It's difficult to imagine a point in time when their names weren't synonymous with their Star Wars characters. At this point, they were both unknowns, and yet their line delivery in this single video is very reminiscent of their every outing as the Han and Luke, proving that despite the creative input from the helmers of these films and even Lucas, they are the main creative forces behind these beloved characters.
With just one final film left before Star Wars main saga comes to a close, Disney and Lucasfilm can lean into the nostalgia buzz surrounding the franchise as the release of The Rise of Skywalker nears. Test screenings, audition tapes and even old concept art can be baked into the Episode IX's marketing in preparation the upcoming film. At this point, it doesn't seem like Han and Luke will share the screen ever again, and that's quite sad - even Hamill admits that. But seeing videos like this one reminds us on the best parts of the original trilogy - its characters and the actors who brought them to life.
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