Recasting The Chosen One
I have previously written an article exploring the idea, what if the Star Wars Prequels were remade and who would be recast as the iconic characters? Due to the large amount of characters in the prequels, I chose four characters whom I believe are a must to have in the remade prequels. (If you've not read the article, heres a link! ). Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Anakin Skywalker would be at the center of the prequels. But, who would be the chosen one to play the chosen one? That would be a daunting task. While the performance of Hayden Christensen in Episodes 2 and 3 left a bad taste in the mouth of fans, the next actor to play Anakin would need to do a much better job. (Honestly though, I enjoyed Hayden as Anakin. Good actor for the part, but bad writing for the character.)
I present you with six actors who I think could play the headstrong Jedi. Now the actors will be paired and you (the fans) will vote on who you would like to see as Anakin. The top two finalists will be chosen by you and will compete in a versus matchup to see who will be recast as Skywalker. The third place contestant will go down as an honorable mention. So without further a due, I present you with the nominees.
1. Sam Witwer v.s. Leo DiCaprio
Leo is without doubt one of the greatest actors of our time. It was rumored a while back ago that DiCaprio was actually in the running to play Anakin, but backed out due to scheduling conflicts. Could you see DiCaprio being Anakin Skywalker? It might be a little strange to think about at first, but I could get used to it.
Sam has already had his hand in the Star Wars universe. He provided the physical model and voice acting for Galen Marek in the video game series The Force Unleashed. He also voiced The Son and Darth Maul in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Personally, I believe Sam would be a perfect fit. We kind of got a taste of an Anakin-like character in The Force Unleashed. We know he can be portray innocence and selflessness while being dark and mysterious. What do you think?
2. James Franco v.s. Henry Cavill
James Franco would be a good Anakin Skywalker. His portrayal of Harry Osborne in the Spider-Man trilogy was fantastic. Again with Franco, we see what we saw in Sam Witwer. Both actors have previously portrayed characters with similar traits to Anakin. Franco could undoubtedly bring the dark rage-fueled anger to Anakin with ease.
Henry Cavill is a phenomenal up and coming British actor who has already made a name for himself in Hollywood. He has starred in action packed hits such as Man of Steel and Immortals where he excelled in both roles. It's no question Cavill can bring the good side of Anakin to life, but what about the dark side? It would be very interesting to see and I think it could happen.
3. Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ackles could be the underdog in this situation. He's not as well known as the previous actors on this list, but that doesn't mean he couldn't play Anakin Skywalker. For those of you who don't know, Ackles played a part in Smallville, voiced the Red Hood in 2010's animated film Under The Redhood, and stars in Supernatural. He can obviously bring the dark side to Anakin as shown by his work in Under The Redhood. However, in Smallville, Ackles portrayed a young man in love who got caught up in something he wanted no part in. Kind of sounds similar to Anakin right? Young guy in love gets caught up in evil twisted plot, but is blinded to the plot by love.
This on might be a bit of a stretch, however, I think it could be done. Although I never enjoyed the Twilight movies, I though Cam Gigandet did a good job as James. He can definitely bring the evil to Anakin's table and I'm sure he could also bring the innocence. Again, this could be another underdog scenario where Gigandet could steal the show.
Who Do You Choose?
Do you like my list? Or do you utterly hate it? Let me know in the comments below. And of course, if you have any suggestion as to who else could've been on this list, let me know! I'm always open to opinion!