If you’ve been paying attention to the real-life mythology behind the original Star Wars film, chances are you know that Luke Skywalker wasn’t our hero’s original name. As he was originally conceived, Luke’s last name was actually Starkiller, but relatively late in the game, they changed it up.
Remnants of this name can still be found in original drafts of the script, and in true Star Wars fashion, the name was later reused in Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Starkiller Base. While we know that Starkiller ultimately became Skywalker, I’m not sure it’s ever been clear just how far along in the process the name change came about. Actor Mark Hamill took to Twitter to give an extra bit of insight.
“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!”
Given that Luke’s name isn’t really stated very often in the film, there seems to be a good chance this was the only thing to be reshot. But why did they change it in the first place? Was it because Starkiller sounded too much like a villain’s name? While the why isn’t exactly clear, Hamill wasn’t the biggest fan of the change.
“It was George’s idea. I was so used to Starkiller, I didn’t like the new name & complained: ‘Skywalker?! It’s awful. Sounds like Luke Flyswatter!’ I was so used to Starkiller, I had trouble getting used to Skywalker!”
Of course, pop culture has since run with Skywalker and the rest is history. Which name do you prefer? Let us know down below!
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SOURCE: Mark Hamill