Mark Hamill Reveals Last Minute Change in ‘A New Hope’
This past weekend Mark Hamill revealed a little nugget of Star Wars trivia that not a whole lot of Star Wars fans were aware of.
While it is generally known by most die hard Star Wars fans that the original name for Luke was not ‘Skywalker’ but ‘Starkiller’, it had always been believed that George Lucas changed the name during one of the last rounds of writing the script of what is now known as ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’.
Mark Hamill revealed on his Twitter account that the change was made even later in the process…much later. According to his Tweet, Hamill says they had actually started filming the movie with his character named ‘Luke Starkiller’. The change eventually came, but not until AFTER filming the iconic scene where Luke first meets Princess Leia in the detention cell aboard the Death Star, which meant the scene had to be reshot with Luke stating his name as ‘Skywalker’.
FUN FACT- The name change to Skywalker came late enough in production that we had to re-shoot the scene where I liberated the Princess from her cell. We had already shot it using the original line: "I'm Luke Starkiller, I'm here to rescue you!" pic.twitter.com/VRaoJhGt2n
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 24, 2018