A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Walken and Foster's Star Wars What-Ifs

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.08 - 2024 9:31 AM CET

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Imagine if Christopher Walken had played Han Solo and Jodie Foster had been Princess Leia in Star Wars.

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It's fun to learn about the different things that could have happened in famous movies.

With the release of "Dune: Part Two," we found out a lot of interesting things about the actors in the movie. For example, we learned that Josh Brolin writes poems and takes pictures, Javier Bardem loves spending time with his kids, Zendaya enjoys the old movie Metropolis, and Austin Butler likes the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

But the most surprising story came from Christopher Walken. In an interview, he said he decided to act in "Dune: Part Two" because he liked the first movie a lot and thought the cast of the second movie was great. He also mentioned he had always wanted to be in a big science fiction movie. A long time ago, he tried out for a role in Star Wars. He didn't try for the part of Darth Vader, but for Han Solo!

Walken remembered that during his audition for Star Wars, he might have been with Jodie Foster, who was considered for the role of Princess Leia.

“Yes, I auditioned for it. And if I’m not mistaken, my partner in the audition was — I think this is true — it was Jodie Foster. I think we did a screen test. I’m not sure we did a scene. Maybe we just sat in front of, in those days, those old videotape cameras … I did audition for Star Wars, but so did about 500 other actors. It was lots of people doing that,” Walking told Anthony Breznican in an interview.

Foster herself talked about being offered the role of Leia on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon but turned it down because she was still working with Disney at the time.

So, next time you're looking at the stars or saying goodnight to your kids, think about how different Star Wars could have been with Christopher Walken and Jodie Foster.

Just like we're now getting used to Chris Pratt being the voice of Mario in in The Super Mario Bros., it's interesting to imagine how things could have turned out differently in movies.

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