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Ever wondered just what the Sarlacc happened to all those actors from the Star Wars prequels who we knew, loved - and occasionally threw popcorn at?

Well, Moviepilot's own Catrina Dennis recently took a trip down the nostalgia wormhole, awesomely revisiting the original cast of Star Wars: Episode I, which you can read right here. That, though, isn't the end of the story: There are two whole more prequels, just raring to go...

So, to make the horrifyingly long wait for Episode VII that little bit less painful, we thought we'd take a look at those cast member who didn't make it into the saga until Episode's II and III.

And, wouldn't you know it, there are one or two future stars hiding in there...

First, though, let's check on:

Hayden Christensen, a.k.a. Anakin Skywalker

Now, while Christensen may not have been everyone's favorite part of the Star Wars series, he was certainly memorable as the older (but not yet full-Darth) Anakin Skywalker. From those awkward beginnings, Canadian-born Christensen has grown into a distinctly distinguished-looking thirty-something, by way of the criminally underrated Jumper - which may not have done all that at the box office, but it did lead him to his long term partner Rachel Bilson, with whom he's now set to become a father for the first time.

Also, wait, seriously? Anakin's 33 now? And about to be a dad? Whoa...

Ewan McGregor, aka Obi Wan Kenobi

Now, McGregor grew up a fair amount between Episode's I and II, or at least was allowed to finally look his age. Since then, though, he's somehow managed to not actually look even a little bit older.

Seriously, he always looks that good now.

Wait, does starring in Jack the Giant Slayer somehow grant de-aging properties? And, if so, how would one go about arranging a role in the sequel?

Christopher Lee, a.k.a. Count Dooku

When it comes to actors of an advanced age, they don't come much more venerable than Christopher Lee. A lifetime of being an acclaimed cult figure wasn't enough for Lee, who not only starred in Episode's II and III as the eventual Darth Tyrannus, but also portrayed the iconic Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

Oh, and in his spare time, put out a Heavy Metal album. And, with the single Jingle Hell, become the oldest living performer to enter the music charts, at the age of 91. As you do.

You probably knew what those guys had been up to, though, huh?

How about...

Jimmy Smits, a.k.a. Bail Organa

The man who would be Princess Leia's adopted pa headed straight from the planet of Alderaan to an even starrier destination: the White House.

That's right, Jimmy Smits pretty quickly managed to get himself elected President - it just happened to be in TV's The West Wing. Since then, though, the one time L.A. Law and NYPD Blue star has found himself a whole new generation of fans as Sons of Anarchy's Nero Padilla.

And grown a kick-ass subtly-graying beard.

Temuera Morrison, a.k.a. Jango Fett

Wondering what Boba Fett's dad, and eventual father to a few hundred thousand Clone Troopers, Jang Fett would look like today, had he not been pretty darned decapitated by Mace Windu?

Well, wonder no more, because there Temuera Morrison is. Still not sure why you recognize him? Well, that might be because he was also totally Abin freakin' Sur in Green Lantern!

No? No-one?

How about his on-screen son, though?

Daniel Logan, a.k.a. (mini) Boba Fett

Who totally grew up, huh? Logan hasn't been up to too much on-screen acting since Episode II, but he sure has done a whole lot of becoming a full grown adult.

I mean, look at him. He's 27.


He's almost old enough to play the actual, full-grown Boba Fett...

How about some of the stars you forgot were even in the prequels, though? Like...

Rose Byrne, a.k.a. Dormé

Yup, that's right, it wasn't just Keira Knightley who got a start for herself as part of Padme Amidala's Handmaiden service - Rose Byrne did too. The Australian actress is now better known for being scene-stealingly hilarious in movies such as Bridesmaids, Neighbors, and This Is Where I Leave You - but never forget, she was once the handmaid of Luke and Leia's mom.

Who got left behind to act as a distraction.

Not a bad step up to Damages, huh?

For another meteoric rise, see...

Joel Edgerton, a.k.a. Owen Lars

Similarly, Joel Edgerton moved on from the role of doomed moisture-farmer Owen Lars to leading roles in the critically acclaimed Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Great Gatsby.

And, now, he's set to play Pharaoh to Christian Bale's Moses in the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings.

And Luke thought his uncle was lame...

The biggest turnaround, though? That'd be...

Keisha Castle-Hughes, a.k.a. The Queen of Naboo

When Castle-Hughes broke big with Whale Rider in 2002, she seemed set for a major burst of stardom - but seemed inclined to stay well away from the Hollywood roller-coaster, and - her minor role in Episode III aside - didn't really do too much outside of her native New Zealand.

Until, that is, the recent announcement that she'd be starring in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones as Obara Sand. Which, you'd have to think, is going to make her the next big thing, all over again. Only this time, she isn't 12.

And then, of course, there's the Star Wars prequels' biggest break out star:

Master Yoda, a.k.a. Master Yoda

Who, let's be honest, has let himself go a bit...

Might be time to hire a personal trainer if you want a cameo in [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158), Yodie...


What do you guys think? Who's changed the most? (Other than this blue guy, obviously...)


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