In the words of Obi Wan “Wait a minute! How did this happen? We’re smarter than this”.
Yes, makers of Star Wars were considering Leonardo DiCaprio to play the role of Anakin Skywalker in two prequels of the sci-fi fantasy. However, the initial plan never materialised.
In a recent interview with Shortlist, Leo confirmed that he was in talks to play Anakin Skywalker. “I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that, yes,” said The Great Gatsby actor.
But the actor declined the offer claiming he “didn’t feel ready to take that dive at that point”.
The character was then played by actor Hayden Christensen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
There’s more, rumours were abuzz that Leo screen-tested to play Robin in Batman Forever and was also offered to play Spider-Man before Tobey Maguire.
“I never screen-tested for Robin. I had a meeting with Joel Schumacher. It was just one meeting and, no, I didn’t end up doing it,” he declined the rumours adding, “I didn’t want to play the role. Joel is a very talented director but I don’t think I was ready for anything like that.”
While revealing details about the role of Spider-Man, Leo said, “That was another one of those situations, similar to Robin, where I didn’t feel ready to put on that suit yet. They got in touch with me.”
The superstar also revealed that he might end up playing a superhero in the future. “You never know. 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,” he said.