This isn't a joke or some misleading title.. I'm serious my fellow Moviepilot readers and this is some cool news. Now, this is surfacing the internet for quite some time, but a lot of people assumed it was a load of bull! Of course, some angry Star Wars fans would say things like - "Why would George waste his time with a gangster rapper?" On the other hand, I could easily see George Lucas asking Tupac Shakur to star in Episode 1. Tupac was already at the height of his career and very popular in the early to mid 90's. By then he was acting in quite a few movies (Gridlock'd, Juice and Bullet).
We can all jump on the hate the prequel bandwagon, but we need to be honest with ourselves when it comes to that specific trilogy. It brought some of the greatest CGI we've ever seen on the big screen at that time and hands down the best lightsaber duels in a Star Wars trilogy.... I almost forgot the star-studded cast. Granted, the script was sloppy, including the forced romance between Anakin and Padmé. Thankfully, we had a badass all the way from Pulp Fiction to save the day as a Jedi Master named...
Mace (Whoop-Your-Ass) Windu!
Before Samuel L. Jackson could play one of his most iconic roles in cinema history, he would have to wait behind one man, Tupac Shakur. According to Death Row Records former chief-engineer, Rick Clifford rapper/actor Tupac Shakur read with director/creator George Lucas to play the part of Mace Windu.
“It’s sad because ‘Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green who was on 90210, then he found out I was in some movies. So we always talked about his film career and stuff. He was telling me that he was suppose to read for [George Lucas]. They wanted him to be a Jedi… Samuel L. got Tupac’s part… He called me ‘Old Man’. He said ‘Old Man keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas.’"
There you have it!
Ugh, it really sucks that we never got the chance to see Tupac in this role because the young man had tremendous amounts of talent despite his downfalls. The rapper was shot in a drive-by shooting on September 13, 1996 at the young age of 25 (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released-May 19, 1999).
Still, my boy Samuel L. Jackson brought that character to life, did a great job in acting and It's awesome that he's a huge Star Wars fan just like us.
Do you think Tupac Shakur would've turned out as a good Mace Windu with his charisma and high energy personality?
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