25 Vintage Star Wars: A New Hope Behind-The-Scenes Photos

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It’s a movie that changed cinema forever–and launched a franchise that is as strong as ever. In 1977, Star Wars: A New Hope arrived in theaters, introducing the world to the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. From there, nothing was the same. Now, over 40 years later, there are countless movies, TV shows, books, video games, toys, and anything else you could possibly want. Still, it’s fun to look back on the franchise’s humble beginnings.

To celebrate the long-running series, why not take a stroll down memory lane? Below, check out 25 behind-the-scenes photos from the film that started it all. Not only do they show how the original movie was made, but also provide some very entertaining looks at the cast before they became worldwide phenomenons.

Once you’ve relived the past, you should definitely take stock of the future. There are so many Star Wars movies and TV shows on the way. Thankfully, we’re tracking them all in this handy guide.

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Here, Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) are enjoying a break on the Millennium Falcon.

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Director George Lucas and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) on the Tatooine set, which was actually in Tunisia.

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Unfortunately, the Millennium Falcon doesn’t actually fly.

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A love only siblings could share. Hamill and Fisher are seen here bonding in between takes.

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Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) takes the time to relax with a smile while filming with Hamill, Daniels, and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

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In this photo, stuntman Peter Diamond removes his Tusken Raider mask during a break in filming.

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Here, Baker is set up in his R2-D2 suit between takes.

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This candid look at one of the most iconic meetings in A New Hope is a sight to behold.

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Even in their downtime, Hamill, Fisher, and Ford clearly enjoy hanging out.

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In this show, Daniels gets to ditch his C-3PO helmet, while Hamill tinkers with his costume’s wiring.

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Who better to teach Hamill and Ford to be Stormtroopers than the guy who invented them?

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This photo may show how Luke’s Landspeeder “flies,” but it doesn’t ruin the magic.

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In this look behind the scenes, Mayhew gets his Chewbacca prosthetics applied.

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Here, Lucas helps Hamill and Fisher figure out their movements — and how to wield a blaster — for a scene.

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A sea of Stormtrooper helmets.

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They may not have actually been on Tatooine, but this photo shows just how scenic their filming locations are.

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Here, Ford, Daniels and Mayhew spend a little time with Fisher before she shoots a scene.

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Hamill and Fisher rehearse their lines with Lucas.

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Ford takes a moment to ham it up during what looks like a pretty serious moment.

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Yes, even Luke Skywalker and Han Solo hold hands.

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Lucas and Fisher work out Princess Leia’s next moves in this behind-the-scenes shot.

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While the Sandcrawler looked gargantuan on-screen, who knew it was actually this tiny?

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Still, production had to build a big version for closeups.

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Here, Mayhew, Ford and Hamill have a little fun before bringing the fight to the Empire.

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In this photo, Prowse and Guinness rehearse the epic lightsaber battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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