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Mark Hamill Was “Sad” After George Lucas Made a Massive Change to Luke Skywalker After Shooting Star Wars For Months

George Lucas changed he character name of Luke Skywalker because he believed it showed the character as someone like Charles Manson

Mark Hamill Was "Sad" After George Lucas Made a Massive Change to Luke Skywalker After Shooting Star Wars For Months


  • Mark Hamill's character Luke Skywalker almost didn't exist in the initial script, with his initial name being Luke Starkiller.
  • George Lucas changed the name to Luke Skywalker due to the negative connotations associated with the name "Starkiller".
  • A video game character named Galen Marek, Darth Vader's personal assassin in The Force Unleashed, had the same name as Luke Skywalker.

Mark Hamill is synonymous with one of the most iconic pop culture characters, Luke Skywalker. He has been the face of the Star Wars franchise. However, Luke Skywalker almost didn’t exist in the initial script. When Hamill was asked about one movie role he tried out to surprise his fans, the actor replied, Luke Starkiller.

According to the Star Wars lead, his initial name on the script was Luke Starkiller and they also shot with that for a few months before George Lucas changed it for good.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker (Credit: Lucasfilm)

Surprisingly, there is a dark story involved behind Mark Hamill’s name change in the intergalactic saga. George Lucas changed the name as it had disturbing connotations.

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Why was Mark Hamill’s character name changed by George Lucas?

It is surprising to know that the iconic Luke Skywalker was almost about to not exist in the franchise. Reportedly, for a long time in the initial drafts, Luke Starkiller was the name given to Mark Hamill‘s character. It was revealed by Hamill on his X (formerly Twitter) account that he was “sad” about his name being changed from Luke Starkiller to Luke Skywalker.

The Tatooine portions in Star Wars: A New Hope were filmed in Tunisia and this statement made it evident that the name was Luke Starkiller for many scenes that were filmed there. However, many fans must be scratching their heads for the potential reason for this name change. It was a move by George Lucas who thought that the name had disturbing connotations.

Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo
Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo

George Lucas was of the notion that the name showed Mark Hamill’s character as someone like Charles Manson. In The Making of Star Wars, Lucas stated that the name had a negative connotation (via Yahoo)- “That I did because I felt a lot of people were confusing him with someone like Charles Manson. It had very unpleasant connotations.”


Charles Manson was the infamous person who killed the popular Hollywood actress Sharon Tate. Due to the connection with such a disturbing incident, George Lucas thought it would be best to change the name to Luke Skywalker. However, Starkiller was also not forgotten and made its comeback later in the intergalactic saga.

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How did Starkiller return to the Star Wars saga?

Starkiller Base
Starkiller Base

Even though George Lucas had to drop Starkiller in Star Wars: A New Hope, the name was not forgotten by the universe. While Mark Hamill couldn’t get the name, a video game character became fortunate enough to have that name. In the game series The Force Unleashed, the character Galen Marek who was Darth Vader’s personal assassin went by the codename “Starkiller”.

The name Starkiller was also featured in the first movie of the Sequel Trilogy. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Starkiller Base was the name of the primary base of The First Order. Precisely, it was to them what Death Star was to the Galactic Empire.

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Written by Subham

Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 800 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.