Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Anakin Skywalker


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Update of April 25, 2022: We are sharing this article on the occasion of the broadcast of Attack of the Clonesthis evening on TMC, and while waiting for the launch of the series Obi-Wan KenobiMay 27 on Disney+. Hayden Christensen will return as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

News of December 30, 2015: In 2000, when george lucas makes the castings look like Star Wars Episode 2 – Attack of the Clonesthe second part of the prelogy Star Wars, Leonardo DiCaprio is at the peak. Noted for his performance in Gilbert Grape, Basketball Diaries where the Romeo + Juliet of Baz Luhrmannthe actor exploded two years earlier thanks to titanic and the director would see him in Anakin Skywalker. In an interview at short listLeo revealed that he declined the role, eventually going to Hayden Christensenwho never managed to get rid of it.


“Yes, I did meet George Lucas to talk about that, it’s true”, confirmed the actor, when the journalist mentioned the rumor. When asked if george lucas “wanted it, but was not interested”Leo confirms again: “Hmm, that’s right. Exactly. I didn’t feel ready to dive into that.”he recalled.

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With hindsight, considering the mixed reviews received by the prelogy and the non-career of Hayden Christensenwe say that Leonardo DiCaprio did well not to let the braid grow. The favorite of Martin Scorsese is also one of the few not to have been tempted by comics, hero side or villain side. “You never know. You never know…These movies get better because the characters get more and more complex. I haven’t done it yet but no, I’m not opposed to anything”said the star, who refused to play Robin in batman forever and left the role of Spiderman to his best friend Tobey Maguire.

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