Star Wars: Mark Hamill Reveals Original Threat to His Main Character Role

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It goes without saying that Luke Skywalker has become synonymous with the Star Wars franchise and when you think about the space drama epic, the Jedi Master instantly comes to mind. However, it turns out that Mark Hamill was originally convinced that someone else would be taking Luke's place as the franchise's main character and it was none other than his good pal Harrison Ford who played the stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder, Han Solo.

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Credit: Lucasfilm
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Partnering with fundraising company Omaze (via Geo News), Hamill recalled his first test screening for A New Hope alongside Harrison Ford. It turns out that the 71-year-old actor had no idea that he was auditioning for the film's lead part and he was always under the impression that he was playing second fiddle to the Indiana Jones star.

Hamill explained that he thought Han Solo would be the franchise's main character. He shared: "He WAS Han Solo. He's better in the screen test than I am and he's off camera so that should give you some idea."

He even jokingly said that he was convinced he was playing Bucky to Harrison's Captain America before getting the official word that he's in fact playing the lead part. He added: "So when I eventually got the script, I opened the front page and it said: The Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the Saga of the Whills, I realized oh my gosh, it's through my eyes!"

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While Han is definitely a cool character, there's no denying that Luke was the heart and soul of Star Wars and there's a good reason why he continues to be an influential figure in the franchise.

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