The original Star Wars trilogy was one of the few franchises to pull a film industry hat-trick: it became an overnight institution of pop culture, each installment was a box office-shattering success, and — perhaps the most unbelievable feat of all — it starred what can be hailed as the perfect ensemble of actors. And it’s by no means a happy accident that each scene is alive with authentic chemistry; director George Lucas is well known to have been very selective when handpicking the cast that would bring Star Wars to life, devoting nearly half a year to assessing hopefuls that numbered in the thousands. Many who auditioned were likely never seen or heard from in Hollywood again, but among them were those that eventually saw their names lights years later — along with an established household name or two. Give these guys a chance and discover the actors and actresses who didn’t make the cut!

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