Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

(2002)

Ten years later, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Princess and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.

Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Played This ‘Star Wars’ Prequel Character

Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Played This ‘Star Wars’ Prequel Character

Did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio almost landed a role in the Star Wars prequels? Creator and director of the trilogy, George Lucas wanted the actor for a key role. The two did meet, but Leonardo DiCaprio, who was riding high on the success of Titanic at the time, ultimately decided to pass. Who did George Lucas want this super hot star to portray? You probably already guessed it. Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio almost played Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader.

When it comes to casting Star Wars, the franchise has always gravitated towards unknown and mostly untested talent. Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced the world to Daisy Ridley and John Boyega these past few weeks, with the pair leading an ensemble cast of old and new characters alike. The original did the same, with A New Hope putting the mostly unknown at the time Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the world stage. The prequel trilogy also worked at this notion as well. While Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman were fairly familiar to audiences back in 1999, fans first met the completely unknown Jake Lloyd as a very young Anakin. And then the equally unknown at the time actor Hayden Christensen took over the older version of Anakin in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

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‘Star Wars’ Prequel Trilogy Was Almost Directed by These 3 Iconic Filmmakers

‘Star Wars’ Prequel Trilogy Was Almost Directed by These 3 Iconic Filmmakers

While the prospect of Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg or Ron Howard directing any of the Star Wars prequels is certainly intriguing, it isn't known if they would be working strictly from George Lucas's scripts, or if they would have co-written the films with him. George Lucas did write Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith by himself, but he enlisted the help of co-writer Jonathan Hales on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. We'll never know if the prequels would have been received better by fans and critics alike had Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg or Ron Howard been involved, but it's certainly an intriguing thought to ponder.

George Lucas made headlines last week, when he revealed that Disney didn't want to implement any of his Star Wars ideas into Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after he sold LucasFilm to the studio for $4 billion back in 2012. It isn't know if George Lucas will ever reveal what his vision was for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the sequels that will follow, but we know he had been planning these movies for over 30 years. Last December, a 1983 interview with Mark Hamill surfaced, where the actor said that George Lucas was planning on making a sequel trilogy in 2011.

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‘Star Wars’ Movie Saga Available in Digital HD April 10

‘Star Wars’ Movie Saga Available in Digital HD April 10

- Legacy content includes "The Beginning"; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.

- Legacy content includes "From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II"; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and "Films Are Not Released, They Escape"; plus Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.

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Watch Topher Grace's ‘Star Wars’ Prequel Edit Trailer

Watch Topher Grace's ‘Star Wars’ Prequel Edit Trailer

That '70s Show star Topher Grace wanted to learn how to edit film, so as an exercise, he took it upon himself to make a one-film cut with footage from the three Star Wars prequels, which includes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. What resulted was an 85-minute sci-fi adventure that is lean, mean and has been quite enjoyed by those who've seen it. It was never meant to be released outside Topher Grace's circle of friends, but that might have changed after a couple years being asked repeatedly about it. We don't have a confirmed release date for Star Wars: Episode III.5, but we may finally get to see it as Topher has cut together and released a teaser trailer, which helps to remind fans why they love this franchise in the first place. Take a look.

Star Wars: Episode III.5 basically cuts out all the boring parts of the movie, which means most of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. It is unclear if this cut will make it into theaters. The more logical conclusion is that Topher Grace will show it to a select group of fans at this year's Comic Con 2014.

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‘Star Wars: Episode II 3D’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode III 3D’ Hitting Theaters in 2013

‘Star Wars: Episode II 3D’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode III 3D’ Hitting Theaters in 2013

It was previously believed that these new 3D versions of the prequels would be spread out over the course of three years. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace hit theaters in 3D February 10. It isn't known when the original trilogy - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi will be released in 3D.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith was released May 19th, 2005.

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CONTEST: Win ‘Star Wars: The Complete Saga’ on Blu-ray!

The wait is finally over! On Friday, September 16, Fox Home Entertainment released Star Wars: The Complete Saga, the nine-disc Blu-ray set with all three Star Wars movies and hours upon hours of special features. If you haven't picked up this enormous collection yet, you're in luck because we have a new contest lined up where we're giving away these Blu-ray sets. These prizes will be gone quicker than you know it, so enter this contest today.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN! Just "Like" (fan) the Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! If you already "Like" , just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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‘Star Wars: The Complete Saga’ Blu-ray Deleted Scene

Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher put their heated sexual tension on display in a clip from ‘Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back’.

Second ‘Star Wars: The Complete Saga’ Blu-ray Trailer!

Lucasfilm pulls out all the stops with rare documentaries and never-before-seen deleted footage, available September 16th.