DiCaprio turned down Anakin role

Leonardo DiCaprio (inset) as Anakin Skywalker?

Nope, we can't imagine it and neither could the US actor.

Which is why he turned down the chance to play the anti-hero protagonist of the Star Wars prequels, a role that eventually went to Hayden Christensen.

DiCaprio, 41, said in an interview with ShortList magazine: "I did have a meeting with (Star Wars creator-director) George Lucas about that (movie), yes. (I) just didn't feel ready to take that dive. At that point."

Other high-profile parts that DiCaprio has passed on include Robin in Batman Forever and Peter Parker in Spider-Man. But he is still open to playing a superhero in the future.

He said: "You never know. They're getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven't yet. But no, I don't rule out anything."

You never know. They're getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven't yet. But no, I don't rule out anything.


This article was first published on December 31, 2015.
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