January 8, 2014


Tupac Reportedly Considered for 'Star Wars' Jedi Role

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Rap icon Tupac... as a Jedi master? Apparently, it almost happened.

According to the New York Daily News (via 2PacForum), Pac was being considered for a role in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Rick Clifford, former chief engineer of Death Row Records—the label that put out iconic LPs like All Eyez on Me and The Don Killuminati—revealed Pac was going to audition for the role of Mace Windu before his tragic death in 1996. The jedi role later went to Samuel L. Jackson.

"He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them," Clifford said. "They wanted him to be a Jedi. Yes, I'm serious—Samuel L. got Tupac's part. He said, 'Old Man, keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas'."

If it sounds wild, don't forget that Pac studied acting at the Baltimore School for the Arts before becoming a star. Not to mention, he was pretty fantastic in the 1992 film Juice.

Lucasfilm has yet to comment on the report.