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10 Actors Who Almost Got A Role In ‘Star Wars’ But Were Later Rejected

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

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