Hollywood is filled with the what-could-have-beens…Tom Selleck as Indy, Dougray Scott as Wolverine, Nicolas Cage as Superman. And with an eye towards a galaxy far, far away, don’t forget Ryan Phillippe as Anakin Skywalker, at the time one of the most aggressively pursued roles in Hollywood.
Of course, the winning candidate was Hayden Christensen, but Phillippe — soon to be seen in this weekend’s “Stop-Loss” — confirmed to MTV News that he nearly had the part, making it so far as to meet with George Lucas and Queen Amidala herself. “I read with Natalie Portman,” the actor revealed. “I think it was sort of an age thing in their mind. It wasn’t quite right, but yeah, they were interested.” Watch the video below for more, and then click here for the rest of our chat.