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Hayden Christensen, co-star of the "Strar Wars: Episode III" Movie!

Hayden Christensen made headlines in the Spring of 2000, when director George Lucas announced that the 19-year-old actor would play the much-coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in Episode II and Episode III of the venerable Star Wars franchise. Born in Vancouver but raised in Toronto, Canada, Christensen became involved with Canadian television productions at a young age and carried his skills over to American TV movies and series in the late '90s. Though he would appear briefly in 1999's The Virgin Suicides for director Sofia Coppola -- a family friend of Lucas' -- it was Christensen's work in the Fox Family Channel's drama series Higher Ground which convinced Lucas to give the actor a reading. Adamant in his desire to find new talent for the role, Lucas passed over such potential adolescent Anakins as Ryan Phillippe, Jonathon Jackson, and even Leonardo DiCaprio in favor of Christensen. It remains to be seen whether the young actor will survive the typecasting that a similarly unknown Mark Hamill suffered some two and a half decades prior, in Episode IV. Before Episode II made it to the screen, Christensen won accolades -- including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor -- playing a troubled goth teen in the family melodrama Life as a House. The stage thus set for his blockbuster debut, Christensen would be omnipresent on magazine covers and talk shows in the months leading up to Attack of the Clones' release. The media blitz was not enough, however, to quell some critics' responses to the film and its star, citing Lucas for his simplistic dialogue and singling out Christensen for an impudent, one-note performance. Though the detractors weren't enough to prevent the film from grossing more than 300 million dollars stateside, Episode II still didn't perform to predictions, as both the nascent Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings franchises stole a little luster from Lucas' crown jewel, and heartthrobs the likes of Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom quickly eclipsed Christensen's "it"-boy status.

Perhaps feeling the need to stretch his cinematic muscles, Christensen took on the role of a brash young plagiarist in the micro-budgeted Shattered Glass. The true-life tale of journalist Stephen Glass, whose fabricated stories brought shame to the hallowed halls of The New Republic, the film made the festival rounds before its release in the fall of 2003, and Christensen found himself back in the good graces of critics with his enigmatic, cipher-like turn as the duplicitous young writer.

Hayden Christensen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 19th of 1981. His parents David & Alie Christensen are in the communications business "Christensen Communications". Hayden grew up in Tornoto, Ontario Canada, one of four children (Kayln, Hejsa, Tove). Although his aspirations changed and regardless of not having his father's approval, Hayden set out to become an Actor when a chance encounter at the age of eight placed him in his first commercial, for Pringles. When he was thirteen he began his starring roles in several dramatic television shows. His big break came with Fox Family's troubled youth show "Higher Ground".

Hayden has had quite notable performances in such films as "The Virgin Suicides" and the television movie "Trapped in a Purple Haze". His role as the troubled, misunderstood teen 'Sam Monroe' in Irwin Winkler's "Life As A House" on him 'Breakthrough Performance of the Year from the National Board Review. The film also placed him as a nominee for 'Best Supporting Actor' at both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. George Lucas had already set his vision on the young and talented Actor for the role of 'Anakin Skywalker' (Darth Vader) in his final two Star Wars films that will close the saga. One of Hayden's most notable roles was that of 'Anakin Skywalker' in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones". Although his portrayal cast doubt and angst in many Star Wars fans, he delivered the performance requested quite well.

Hayden then set out to star in "Shattered Glass", quoted by some of the real Stephen Glass' colleagues as giving an eerie and uncanny portrayal. The ending chapter in Lucas' Star Wars saga hits theaters in May of 2005, where Christensen reprises his role of 'Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader'.

Devoted and loyal, the family man currently resides in both Toronto and Los Angeles. When not working, Hayden enjoys spending quality time with his family - such a big brother Tove, hanging out with his friends, and exploring other hobbies such as the blues, jazz and piano.

More fun stuff about Hayden Christensen

Brother of Tove Christensen.

Has a younger sister, named Kaylen (1984)

Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.

Was discovered when his older sister Hejsa, a former trampoline champion, was shopping around for an agent. No one was home to baby-sit him so he went along and it was suggested that he get an agent himself.

Attended Unionville High School, Toronto, Ontario.

One of Teen People Magazine's "25 Hottest Stars under 25" [2002]

Resides in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Attended Unionville High School, Markham, Ontario.

He fractured his hand during the filming of a rather violent scene in Life as a House in which his character hits a wall.

Grew up playing competitive tennis and hockey.

A digital rendering of Hayden appears in the 2004 DVD version of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), as the spirit of Anakin Skywalker. This replaced Sebastian Shaw as the ghostly image that appears beside Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda at the end of the film.

Said in an interview that he was unaware that George Lucas had digitally replaced the late Sebastian Shaw with his image for the DVD release of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

Hayden's personal quotes:

"Actors are observers. They're trying to have an understanding of human sensibility. And how do you have that accurate observation if you regard yourself as someone of great importance? When you're the one constantly being observed, because they view you as a celebrity? It's all wrong."

"All my characters have characteristics I don't know anything about and that's the joy. Being able to justify their actions, and find sympathy in their wrongs, and understand their accomplishments. After Life as a House I took a while off and tried to remember who I was at the beginning of the film. You obsess, and it's exhausting, to lose your sense of self."

"All I want is all what my mother wanted for me when she raised me - to be happy. For that, I don't need to be in a relationship. I don't need to have a certain level of respect. I just want to care very much about what I do and be kind to everyone in the process. It's important that I can feel that. That's happiness."

"I have two sisters and a mother, obviously, so I grew up with a household of girls. Maybe I have a greater respect for women because of it."
Where are they now

(June 2003) Filming "Star Wars: Episode III" in Australia.

Hayden in the dark

HAYDEN Christensen loves the new Star Wars film in which his character turns to the dark side.
At least he thinks so - the Canadian actor still hasn't seen the finished movie.

Christensen - who stars as Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi Knight who turns into Darth Vader in the final production of George Lucas's enormously popular sci-fi series - is in the middle of a promotional tour of Australia, talking about a movie he can't really talk about.

Last night, he walked a red carpet in Sydney, not for the premiere of the film, but for a special screening of a trailer for Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith, plus some behind-the-scenes footage and a Q&A session with radio competition winners.

"It's a little weird,'' he said of promoting something he hasn't seen in full, and which won't be released worldwide until May 19.

"But it's also sort of fitting, because it's so shrouded in secrecy that not having seen the film makes it easier not to give away all the plot points.

"But I'm very eager and excited to see it. (And) it's the one that I think everyone's been waiting for. It's for the real diehard fans.

"It's going to really pay off in a sense that it ties into the original trilogy in such a smart, gratifying way, so I'm very excited for this film to come out."

"It's something that I don't think you can ever really dream (of) ... I don't think I'll ever really get my head around the concept that I am Darth Vader." Christensen is no stranger to the massive marketing campaigns of the Star Wars movies, including Revenge Of The Sith, which was filmed at Sydney's Fox Studios.

He was not even born when the original movie was released in 1977, but his older brother Tove was a huge fan. The actor grew up with Tove playing with Star Wars figurines while Christensen impersonated the voice of Darth Vader (still voiced by American actor James Earl Jones) to scare his younger sister.

Now Christensen really is Darth Vader and there are look-alike action figures of him. Add to that all the other Star Wars merchandise and Christensen now has one of the most recognisable faces in the world.

"I'll never get used to that,'' he said.

"It's surreal ... walking into a convenience store and wanting a bag of potato chips and not being able to get the one you want because they all have your face on the cover. It's weird to see your face everywhere."

Christensen admitted that being part of the Star Wars franchise meant he would always be linked to one character.

"But that's what I signed on for," he said.

"The association will always be strongest with Darth Vader and Star Wars ... and I think that's pretty neat.''

Hayden Christensen makes impression

HOLLYWOOD actor Hayden Christensen summoned as much of the Jedi force as he could muster tonight, becoming the first person to put his hand print in Sydney's Fox Studios Star Walk.
Attending a premiere for his new film Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Christensen at first had trouble making an impression in the wet cement.

So he enlisted his bodyguard to help push his hand down.

"I'm very excited to be back in Sydney," the Canadian actor said.

"It's a home away from home and I'm very thrilled that you all came out for this."

About 100 fans lined the red carpet as Christensen posed for photos and signed autographs. Christensen arrived in Australia at the weekend for a short visit to promote the film.

The latest and final episode of Star Wars comes after the movie series began with 1977's Star Wars. The films have sold almost $US3.4 billion ($4.3bn) worth of tickets at global box offices.

In Episode III, Christensen's character, young Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker, is seduced by the promises of power and temptations of the Dark Side.

He pledges himself to the evil Darth Sidious and becomes Darth Vader.

"It's the stuff everyone's been waiting for," the 23-year-old said tonight.

Christensen spent a year filming the movie in Sydney and said he had "a blast". He also filmed Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones in Australia.

"Never mind the fact that you're filming Star Wars, being in Sydney for the time that I was, was really a treat," he said.

"You guys really have it figured out here (in Australia)."

Star Wars Episode III does not open until May. Christensen's other films include Life As A House, The Virgin Suicides and Shattered Glass. He is one of Hollywood's hottest new stars and his upcoming films include Less Than Kind and The Decameron.

Hayden Christensen To Play Toyboy

Star Wars star Hayden Christensen is making a giant leap from his role in the sci-fi epic - by playing a toy boy lover in a British period drama. Christensen - whose character Anakin Skywalker becomes evil Darth Vader in next year's final Star Wars movie - will be seduced and "taught the ways of love" by Hollywood star Jessica Lange in Cheri, to be directed by British theatre impresario Bill Kenwright. Kenwright reveals, "It's in its very early stages but its called Cheri and is based on the novel by French writer Colette. The whole thing is set in 1913 and Judi Dench is onboard to play Hayden's mother."

Vader Unmasked

Star Wars creator George Lucas is giving fans a tantalizing glimpse of the origins of cult character Darth Vader in a new DVD collection. Prior to the release of the final Star Wars film, Episode III, next year, Lucas is releasing the first three sci-fi films on DVD format for the first time in September - and the collection will feature Lucas revealing how Jedi warrior Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side to become Vader. Behind-the-scenes footage from Episode III, which will show Anakin turning into Vader, features Hayden Christensen dressed as the dark Lord for the first time. Lucasfilm's Jim Ward says, "We're going to see the evolution of this character and go places with Darth Vader we've never gone before. Our fans have been eagerly awaiting every morsel of Episode III as we divulge it. We're giving it to them piece by piece."

Portman Reveals 'Awesome' 'Star Wars' Scene

Natalie Portman is hoping fans will be satisfied with the final Star Wars film - because it contains some "awesome" action. Portman, who plays Queen Padme Amidala in the sci-fi prequel trilogy, admits she's not sure whether the last installment will be "worth it". Creator George Lucas has come under fire from disappointed fans who argue the new offerings do not match up to his classic original trilogy - but Portman insists the cast and crew have done their very best. She says, "I saw a pretty amazing fight scene between Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen. It's pretty sick. "They were thinking of having stuntmen do it, but they were better than the stuntmen. It's pretty awesome. "Is it gonna be worth it? We just shot it and we worked really hard. I think all of us were trying to make it as good as possible. "It was our last chance to sort of, you know, do something with it. So, I'm hoping. But they work on it for two years after we finish shooting, putting on the special effects and all that stuff."

Lucas Completes Filming Final 'Star Wars' Episode

George Lucas completed principal photography of Star Wars: Episode 3 at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, Thursday and embarked on 18 months of post-production, the Australian Associated Press reported over the weekend. (A news release from Lucasfilm said that the shooting wrapped on Wednesday and claimed production was five days ahead of schedule. It quoted producer Rick McCallum as saying that "It's almost unheard of for a major motion picture to come in under schedule.") A photo of Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen, on his way to becoming Darth Vader, sporting a '70's-style blonde mane, eyes rolled upwards, was also released, causing numerous fansites to take note of how he appears to resemble Luke Skywalker, played in the original 1977 film (A New Hope) by Mark Hamill. The Sydney Daily Telegraph commented that "the prescient casting of Christensen ensured a very believable father and son would work across three decades."

Hayden Forced Out of Hollywood Home

Star Wars star Hayden Christensen and his brother are being turfed out of their Hollywood Hills home after failing to pay their rent on time. Landlord Vince Localio has served Hayden and Tove Christensen eviction notices, and the pair will be forced to find a new home once the actor wraps up his third and final Star Wars prequel in Australia. LoCalio says, "Hayden's a good actor but a bad tenant. I want him off the property." But neighbors will be sorry to see the Christensens leave the $1.8 million mansion - because they've been perfect residents. One explains, "They had a pretty loud party the week after they moved in, but there's been barely a peep out of that house in nearly three years."

Star Wars III: Attack of the Mullets

Star Wars movie-maker George Lucas is insisting all the characters in the new sci-fi sequel sport shaggy seventies-style haircuts - so they look like the stars of the original films. Star Wars: Episode III actors Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, currently shooting the final installment on set in New South Wales, Australia, are showing off unfashionable "mullet" hairdos - because they were trendy when the first Star Wars film was made in 1977. An onset source explains, "The idea is that it will lead seamlessly on to the original Star Wars movie, starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, which was filmed in the Seventies and had certain hallmarks of that era. It's a bid for continuity. They are trying to capture the shaggy look that was popular then."

To Be Vader Or Not To Be Vader

Star Wars creator George Lucas is leaving fans in the dark as to whether Darth Vader will feature at the end of Episode III. The bearded filmmaker has refused to reveal how the third installment of the beloved franchise will end - and even star Hayden Christensen has little idea. When asked if he would be donning the legendary black armor, Christensen says, "No, not as far as I know. It's not in the story if we begin from where we left off." And Christensen also doubts they'll be any mask wearing or asthmatic breathing either. He adds, "None of that, as far as I know. But that's very little. George Lucas is notorious, he keeps it all very secretive." However, considering James Earl Jones who voiced the original Vader has been booked to appear at the end of the movie, the dark cloaked one may well make his welcome return.

'Star Wars' Star Ordered to Pile on the Pounds

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones star Hayden Christensen has been told to "beef up" for the next installment of the hit sci-fi franchise. Worried studio bosses fear Christensen, who will transform from Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader for the final episode in the Star Wars series, is too slight of frame to be a convincingly fearsome part-human, part-robot. An insider says, "Hayden will change physically in this film. He'll be bigger."

James Earl Jones Back as Vader

The voice of Darth Vader is back - actor James Earl Jones will recreate the breathy tones of the supervillain in George Lucas' sixth Star Wars movie which will go before cameras next year. Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker, who becomes Vader in the film, but his voice will be replaced with that of James Earl Jones. Jones created a storm in the original Star Wars trilogy when his voice was used to replace that of British actor Dave Prowse, who played the evil Vader.

Hayden's Hygiene Horror

Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen has a hygiene problem - according to his London theatre co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. The two movie heart-throbs starred in This Is Our Youth in the West End's Garrick Theatre earlier this year. Jake, currently starring alongside Friends star Jennifer Aniston in movie The Good Girl, recalls how Hayden's armpits stank so much that after touching him, the smell remained on Jake's skin for days. Jake says, "Man, he didn't wash his clothes for the entire run of the show. On the last night, I accidentally put my arm in his armpit during a fight scene and, even after showering, couldn't get rid of the smell. It was f**king gross."

Film About Lying Journalist Begins Shooting

Production has begun in Montreal on Shattered Glass, the story of young journalist Stephen Glass, who was fired by The New Republic magazine in 1998 after editors discovered that he had fabricated parts of his articles for them. The film stars Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II) as Glass and Hank Azaria as an editor at the magazine. A subsequent article in Vanity Fair indicated that Glass also fabricated parts of stories for Rolling Stone and George. "It's just a really compelling character," Christensen's brother Tove, who is a producer on the film, told the Associated Press. Glass's whereabouts are currently unknown.

Christensen Will Don Darth Vader Suit

Fans of Hayden Christensen will have to do without his hunky features in the new Star Wars installment - he will be wearing the body suit and mask of the evil Darth Vader. A source on the Australian Fox Studios set, where Lucasfilm representatives reportedly visited last week, reports that the new movie, Episode III, will begin filming next summer, with Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan told to keep the months of July and August free. In addition to Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, donning Vader's famous black suit, the source, quoted on the Ain't It Cool News website, reports that casting director Robin Gurland met with British stars Samantha Morton, Robert Carlyle and Christopher Eccleston in London earlier this month. Jonathan Hales will reportedly return as co-writer, as will the CGI version of cult character Yoda - and mountains and caves around Australia have been touted as possible locations for the movie.

Lucas Impressed With Hayden's Realness

Hayden Christensen landed the role of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequels, because he didn't laugh at George Lucas' bad jokes. The Canadian actor was invited to meet the Star Wars creator at his Skywalker Ranch home in northern California after an initial audition, and he went along even though he felt sure Leonardo DiCaprio or Ryan Phillippe had already landed the role. Christensen recalls, "Everyone was saying the part was going to Leonardo DiCaprio and that they were just doing tests to convince the public that they were actually looking at other people. But they told me that George liked me because I had talked to him on some kind of real level, that I didn't treat him like the Almighty George Lucas. When you get to the level of success George has gotten to, it's hard not to have people laugh at a joke when it's not funny. I wasn't doing that."

Original Vader Aims To Return

Despite arthritis, crutches and one useless arm, the man who played the original Darth Vader is determined to make his mark on the final Star Wars film. Life-long body builder David Prowse, 66, donned the famous black helmet for George Lucas' first three episodes, and is eager to return for the historic final installment, which begins shooting next year. He says, "I still definitely want the part again. I'm going to have an operation on my hip in September and then I'm planning to go back to the gym. I should be fit and ready by next year. I have such a large following that if George Lucas offered the part to someone else, I'm sure fans would boycott the film." And Prowse is convinced he is in with a chance. Hayden Christensen, who plays Darth's Jedi alter ego Anakin Skywalker, is nearly one foot shorter than Prowse was as Vader.

Stay-at-Home Hayden Is Nothing Like Villainous Vader

Wannabe Darth Vader Hayden Christensen is a secret mama's boy who stays grounded by mowing the lawn and taking out the trash. The 21-year-old Canadian, who plays Anakin Skywalker in Attack Of The Clones, will turn to the dark side as Darth Vader in the final Star Wars installment - but at home, where he lives with is parents, he's a nice guy. He confesses, "My mom cooks breakfast for me and folds the laundry, but my folks make me take out the garbage. I'm in the same bedroom I've been in since I was five and I have a toy frog collection. I stay out of trouble and try to do everything to be a good son. I love my mother so much - I'm really a mama's boy."

Christensen Unsure If He'll Get To Wear Vader Costume

Hayden Christensen is still waiting to hear if he'll get to wear Darth Vader's famous black costume in the third Star Wars film. The Canadian actor plays Anakin Skywalker in Attack Of The Clones, which offers glimmers of the character's eventual transformation into the villainous Vader. But Christensen says creator George Lucas has not told him how far the transformation will go in Episode III. He says, "I nag him every now and then about whether or not I'll get to wear the Darth Vader outfit, and he gives me a little wink- wink, nudge-nudge, that maybe I will." The actor has managed to try on Vader's helmet, just for fun, at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. Christensen, 21, reveals, "Last time I was here, I went up to the archives and got shown around, and there was the dark helm. I asked if I could put it on and get a picture, which is pretty funny, because I'm wearing this gray track suit and had this enormous helmet on which is just completely disproportionate." Christensen has tried to pry more details about the next film out of Lucas, who begins shooting the third and final prequel next summer for release in 2005.

Christensen: I'm Not Gay

Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen has lost himself a potentially devoted fanbase by laughing off suggestions that he's gay. A leading American gay magazine declared Christensen to be "definitely gay", and Hayden's more amused than annoyed at the speculation. He says, "It's hilarious. I'm not gay. It's amazing how much people will speculate if they haven't actual information to draw from, they just make up whatever they feel is appropriate. "That's cool. As long as the people I know and care about know the truth then everyone else's opinion doesn't really matter." Cast and crew on the set of the upcoming Attack Of The Clones film know where the 20-year-old's tastes lie - he often forced extra takes of his kissing scenes with stunning co-star Natalie Portman by turning to the camera grinning and flashing a thumbs-up. He laughs, "They would be like, 'You have to stop doing that Hayden! Now we have to do the whole scene again.' I'd be like, 'Fine'."

Hayden Christensen Loves His Mom

Actor Hayden Christensen has a very special woman in his life - his mother. The actor is set for massive fame after his star turn as Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming two Star Wars films - but he's not worried about female fans' devotion, because his mother keeps him humble. He says, "I love my mother Ali so much. I'm a momma's boy. I just have a very cool mom. It's not as though I had any say in the matter. I'm just really fortunate. She's the most kind, loving, giving woman, She loves her children an enormous amount so it's hard not to show the same in return. I try to do everything to be a good son. I come home for dinner when I'm in town and keep out of trouble. Not that I find myself in situations where I look like I'm getting into trouble." He adds, "My parents aren't concerned that I'll go off the deep end after Star Wars. They know I have my feet on the ground and that I'm a cautious boy. They worry about the intrusion into my private life, but not me suddenly getting a whole new set of wants and needs that aren't really a reflection of my upbringing."

Hayden Christensen And Naomi Watts Honored

Hollywood newcomers Naomi Watts and Hayden Christensen were honored with Movieline's inaugural Breakthrough of the Year award Wednesday. Christensen - who plays Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming movie Star Wars, Episode II: Attack Of The Clones - is receiving the accolade for his role in Life As A House, while Watts received the attention for her performance in David Lynch's bizarre Mulholland Drive. And it's not the first time the 20-year-old actor has come to the notice of Movieline - in April, he was awarded their One to Watch gong at the Young Hollywood Awards.

George Lucas Enthuses About Christensen

Star Wars producer George Lucas is excited about the new episode of his cult film series - because he's found some amazing actors. The brains behind Indiana Jones is keen to extol the virtues of young Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars - Episode Two: Attack Of The Clones. Lucas says, "He's extremely good. We're very excited about him. He's just exactly what I wanted for the part. He's very charismatic and very good looking but he has a very interesting dark side [in] that he believes he can eventually become Darth Vader."

Hayden Christensen's Lightsaber Fun

New Stars Wars star Hayden Christensen failed to impress creator George Lucas when he was handed his lightsaber - and started making whooshing sounds with it. Christensen, who was plucked from obscurity to play the part of Anakin Skywalker in Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, says when he was first held the lightsaber he forgot all about being cool and instantly reverted to his childhood Star Wars games. He recalls, "It was so dorky because I picked up the lightsaber and started making the same sounds I made when I was a kid with a stick. You do the whooshing sound of the saber turning on and the slash-through-the-air sound. When he stopped laughing, George Lucas looked at me and said...'Hayden, we can't have your lips moving right now and, believe me, we have enough money to use slightly better sound effects for this part of the movie. So stop mouthing it!" Christensen, 20, who plays Natalie Portman's love interest in the movie is keen to dispel reports the two had been taking their romance off screen. He says, "I'm not going out with Natalie. In the movie there are some nice moments between us - but that's in the movie."

Darth-Vader-To-Be Draws Big Crowds In Toronto

Hayden Christensen is being mobbed by reporters and photographers in Toronto, where his latest movie, Life as a House, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday, according to a Reuters report. The film was produced after Christensen finished work on Star Wars: Episode 2, in which he appears as Anakin Skywalker (who eventually becomes Darth Vader). "It was important to me to get a film out before Star Wars and really be unrecognizable with the audience," Christensen told a news conference in Toronto. His co-star in the film, Kevin Kline, commented. "Everyone has been pretty cool here and pretty much ignoring me and swarming all over Hayden."

New Anakin Skywalker Thanks Natalie Portman For Part

Hayden Christensen is thanking his sizzling on-screen chemistry with Natalie Portman for his shock casting in the next two STAR WARS movies. The little-known Canadian actor beat 441 other candidates to bag the coveted role in the two remaining Star Wars prequels, EPISODES II and III. And the 19-year-old star believes his chemistry with Portman won him the role because Episode II centers on the steamy relationship between his character ANAKIN SKYWALKER and her QUEEN AMIDALA. Christensen says, "The auditions became all about meeting Natalie. It was just the thrill of shooting with her. I believe I have chemistry with her and that is key to my getting the part."

New Skywalker Ready For "Dark Side"

George Lucas confirmed on Friday that he has cast 19-year-old Canadian actor Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II (2002). In an interview with Time magazine, Christensen commented. "It's awesome to portray a character who becomes [Darth] Vader. I'm getting ready to go to the dark side." In the official announcement on the Star Wars Internet site, Lucas said, "He is very talented, has a great command of his craft, and I know that he has the physical and emotional attributes to play Anakin Skywalker at perhaps the most complex stage of Anakin's life."

Agency Confirms Christensen Will Play Anakin

A representative of the Gersh Agency has confirmed that George Lucas has signed 19-year-old Hayden Christensen to play Anakin Skywalker in the next two Star Wars movies, the CBC reported Wednesday. The selection had been reported by Daily Variety last week but Lucasfilm had dismissed the report as rumor. The CBC said that Lucas had been impressed with Christensen's screen tests with Natalie Portman.



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