Star Wars already carries the term Star in the title. Still, it’s amazing how many famous actors and actresses almost got a role in the Star Saga. What would Star Wars have looked like without Harrison Ford, Hayden Christensen or Daisy Ridley?
We picked out the most exciting alternatives that had a chance or at least tried to get a role in the popular movie epic.
Paul Walker as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars
Fast & Furious star Paul Walker said in an interview with Teen Movieline (via Time ) how disappointed he was that he did not get the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars episodes 2 and 3.
Tupac Shakur as Mace Windu in Star Wars
In an interview with the 2Pac forum, Rick Clifford, who worked for Tupac’s label Death Row Records for a long time, claims that the rapper was preparing for the role of Mace Windu in Star Wars.
Orson Welles as Darth Vader in Star Wars
As Page Six reports, George Lucas talked about which two actors he had in mind when he was searching for the voice for Darth Vader. James Earl Jones did it in the end, but the other choice would have been very interesting. Orson Welles, the director of Citizen Kane, considered by many critics to be the best movie of all time, was Lucas’ second choice for the role of Star Wars villain.
Jodie Foster as Princess Leia in Star Wars
It’s hard to imagine another actress as Carrie Fisher in the role of Princess Leia. But in fact, we almost saw Jodie Foster in the Star Saga. In an interview with the magazine Empire (via Vogue ), the star from The Silence of the Lambs revealed that she was considered as Leia, but she rejected the role.
Benicio del Toro as Darth Maul in Star Wars
Benicio del Toro is a small runaway in our list because, in fact, he has a role in Star Wars, the trickster DJ in Episode 8 – The Last Jedi. In fact, the Oscar winner was actually intended for a much larger role. According to Screen Rant, Benicio del Toro should play Darth Maul in episode 1. But after George Lucas deleted most of the dialogue lines of the Sith student from the script, del Toro did not want anymore. He was then replaced by Ray Park.
Saoirse Ronan as Rey in Star Wars
Back in 2013, during the episode 7 screening process, Saoirse Ronan revealed she had applied for a role in Star Wars. The auditions also included the use of a lightsaber. The assumption is therefore obvious that it was the role of Rey. Later it turned out that Daisy Ridley would embody the character. Compared to Indie Wire Ronan expressed her disappointment and admitted that she regrets to have ever spoken of.
Gary Oldman as General Grievous in Star Wars
George Lucas was determined to have Gary Oldman as the voice for droid leader General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith. But the acting guild SAG, who belongs to Oldman, thwarted him, Variety reports.
The supreme rule of the SAG dictates that members-only render their services to employers who agree to meet the union’s requirements. For the film, however, came no agreement, which is why George Lucas committed the more unknown Matthew Wood for the role.
Toshiro Mifune as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
That George Lucas had an interest in Toshirô Mifune is no surprise. After all, the plot of the first Star Wars movie is heavily inspired by The Hidden Fortress, in which Mifune starred. Originally, the director wanted to engage the Japanese acting icon as Obi-Wan Kenobi, as The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Eddie Redmayne as Kylo Ren in Star Wars
Eddie Redmayne is best known today as Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts, but almost landed in another franchise. His audition for the role of Kylo Ren, who eventually went to Adam Driver, but was really bad, he revealed Uproxx. So he had compulsively tried to copy the breathing of Darth Vader and “used a ridiculous voice”. Ultimately, Eddie Redmayne himself realized that he did not have the role.