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Oscar Madness

What Could Have Been week continues today with a look at how different the cast might have been for one of the most beloved film franchises ever.

A long time ago in a casting office not so far away (Hollywood in 1975, actually), director George Lucas searched for fresh new talent to star in his science-fiction epic, “Star Wars.”  Since director Brian De Palma was casting a film of his own at the time - the Stephen King adaptation "Carrie" - they decided to audition actors together and determine which ones would work best for each of their respective films.

As a result, plenty of now-recognizable faces were up for the roles of Princess Leia and Han Solo. Here's a look at what those casting sheets might have looked like back then and some of the actors that ALMOST brought these iconic characters to life.

Princess Leia
Han Solo


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