Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Leonardo DiCarprio Talks About Turning Down the Role of Anakin Skywalker in Episodes II & III

By: Dominic Jones

With all the focus on the new chapter of Star Wars history with the release of The Force Awakens and the amazing new cast that brought us, it's still interesting to look back on Star Wars history and see how it may have been different.  At one point during the casting process for Attack of the Clones, actor Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role of Anakin Skywalker, which ultimately went to Hayden Christensen.  DiCaprio spoke with Short List recently about that decision.

Via Short List,
Were you in talks to play Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels?
I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that as well, yes.
What happened?
Same scenario (laughs).
He wanted you, but you didn’t fancy it?
Um, right. Exactly.
Again, just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.
DiCaprio also spoke with Short List about turning down the chance to play Robin in 1997's Batman and Robin and the chance to play Spiderman in 2002's Spiderman for similar reasons.  It's interesting to think about what the prequels might have been like had DiCaprio taken the part, for better or worse. 

Source: Short List

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