See Hamill standing on the Tunisia set on the first day of filming the first 'Star Wars.'

By Nick Romano
March 18, 2017 at 03:30 PM EDT
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford began filming George Lucas’ Star Wars saga. On Saturday, Hamill shared a throwback photo from his first day at work, wearing his Luke Skywalker garb in the Tunisian desert that served as the set for Tatooine.

“Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction),” Hamill tweeted of principal photography, which kicked off on March 22, 1976. “Perhaps the very 1st.” Shown in the background are what appear to be Jawas. Among the scenes planned for day one of production include Luke buying R2-D2 and C-3PO off of the desert traders.

In a separate response to a fan, the actor wrote, “Crew was kind but thought [Star Wars] was ‘rubbish’ – I kept telling them ‘We’re on a winner!'”

Nearly 41 years after this snapshot was taken, Hamill is now preparing for his debut as an older Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi following an earlier cameo in The Force Awakens. He’ll appear alongside Fisher (who filmed scenes as General Leia Organa before her death in December), Ford, and newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters this Dec. 15.

Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 121 minutes
  • George Lucas