For years now, it's been suggested that Mark Hamill owes his casting as Luke Skywalker in 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope to Nightmare on Elm Street actor Robert Englund, who was said to have recommended the role to Hamill after having himself auditioned for Han Solo. It was believed that Englund motivated Hamill, who was supposedly sleeping on his couch at the time, to go after the job, but now the Star Wars star has explained what really happened.
Hamill set the record straight with a fan on Twitter, revealing that, by the time Englund told him about the role, his agent had already set up an audition for A New Hope. Hamill's agent apparently still gets annoyed that Englund takes credit for sending the future Luke to his audition. Hamill also explained that he already had an apartment and wasn't even sleeping on Englund's couch when he was informed of Star Wars.
Robert was 1 of several actors who told me about #StarWars-When I told my agent-She'd already set up an audition & still gets annoyed he takes the credit. Sleeping on his couch is nonsense! I'd been a working actor for over 6 years & had my own Apt. #SettingTheRecordStraight https://t.co/XktCLDEQ9V— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 20, 2018
Hamill is set to reprise his role as Luke in Star Wars: Episode IX despite his apparent death at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on Dec. 20, 2019.