Rapper and actor Tupac was reportedly considered for a role in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace before his death in 1996.
Speaking about the Jedi role which went to Samuel L Jackson, Rick Clifford from Death Row Records said in a recent interview: “It’s sad because ‘Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green, who was on ’90210,’ then he found out I was in some movies. So we always talked about his film career and stuff.
“He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them. They wanted him to be a Jedi."
When the interviewer of the 2Pac Forum, sounded surprised, he added: "Yes, I’m serious. Samuel L. [Jackson] got Tupac’s part.”
"Yeah because he said, he called me ‘Old Man’. He said ‘Old Man, keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas’.
The role was that of Mace Windu, a Jedi Master on the High Council and while Lucas has not commented on Clifford’s statement, Tupac’s acting aspirations were well known.
After the actor studied acting at the Baltimore School For The Arts he went to secure ten roles in a number of films and TV series including Juice, Poetic Justice, Bullet and Above the Rim.
Although Star Wars: Episode i - The Phantom Menace was released until 1999, Lucas and his producing partner Rick McCallum began production on the film in 1994. Tupac was shot dead in September, 1996.